I recently decided to see what the Bush Admin's old friend was up to. I didn't expect much after he was accused of giving information to Iran and had his house raided, probably as retaliation for all that false info he provided that the Bushies ate up. But if anything Chalabi is an opportunist and knows real-politik. Apparently he has aligned himself with Moqtada al-Sadr to garner votes and he is now the Deputy Prime Minister! Not only that but he heads the energy commission, the contract commission(approves all contracts above $3 milion), and the de-bathification commission. Here are my problems with this. Obviously, contracts that help Chalabi are going to have first priority. Plus, de-bathification has been hurting efforts to rebuild Iraq as many of the skilled workers were low-level baathists. Also, most of the former baathists are Sunni, and what else is a jobless Sunni to do other than join the insurgency? On the streets in Iraq, Chalabi is referred to as "Ahmed the Thief". In the 90s, he was convicted of massive bank fraud in Jordan. As for Chalabi's political career, I see this as detrimental to the US cause of installing democracy. I can only imagine how many other corrupt politicians are running amuck in Iraq. If Chalabi becomes PM, Iraq will have a mini-Saddam to contend with.