Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Iraq Parliament to US: Go Home

Here I've been carping on the lazy, stupid Iraq Parliament, and they go off and do something really significant (AlterNet):

On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq's parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.

It's a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country's civil conflict, and at times it's been difficult to arrive at a quorum).

Way to go! Most Americans want us to go home, The Iraqi Parliament wants us out. Where's the problem?

A huge shout-out to The "Bush"-Whacked Administration for spotting this.

I just Googled the News Link for "Iraq Parliament". Apparently the Parliament doesn't like Al Jazeera any more than BushCo does (AJ dissed Al Sistani, a big no-no) ... Lots of bitching about the two-month holiday ... power blackout keeps Parliament from doing nothing ... My favorite headline (CBS) has Cheney Iraq and reconciliation in the same title - I'm still laughing. ...

There is just the one single AlterNet article. Amazing and pathetic.


Snave said...

Thanks for coming to my blog. I enjoy what you have here!

Thanks especially for this post... I hadn't heard of this yet. Gee, I wonder why our nefarious "liberal media" never really told us about this. Heh...

LET'S TALK said...

ron, just as Bush ignored Iraq feelings about the wall being built in their country, he will not be concerned about the wishes of the parliament or the nationalist.

Oil is the motive and Bush has made his bed with the oil companies... there is no turning back regardless to what Iraq wishes are.

Daniel Hoffmann-Gill said...

I'm not sure troops out is the answer, what will be left if they do go?

CHUQ said...

All the crystal balls say that if we leave they will take the country then come to the US. So far those same crystal balls have been wrong, what makes us think they will get this one right?

Kemp said...

Thanks for the shout-out. I am still amazed at how LITTLE attention this is getting from the traditional media.

While I don't think an immediate and complete withdrawal is the answer, I also don't think that escalation is the key either. A middle ground needs to be found and fast.

TomCat said...

Great minds, Ron. I see I wasn't the only one to visit AlterNet this morning.

Now id Potomac Pinocchio would just support democracy, both there and here.

Larry said...

Bush acts like he is outraged because the Iraqi's took 2 months off.

He had no trouble with his Republican controlled Congress taking a month off 4 times a year.

Anonymous said...

I don't fundamentally believe that this war is, or was ever, about giving the Iraqis their freedom. So that Bush will ignore them as, dare I even say it, 'liberally' as he ignores Americans is sort of a no-brainer.

PoliShifter said...

The Iraq Parliament doesn't want to pass the Hydrocarbon Law crafted by BushCo with the production sharing agreements that would give 80% of Iraq's oil profits to Exxon, Chevron, BP, and Shell.

People who work in Iraq's oil ministry know this is a bad deal and have been very vocal to their parliament.

My guess is that the Iraq Parliament wanted to take a vacation without passing the Hydrocarbon Law to give time to see what happens with our Congress.

This must have really electrified Cheney. The whole reason for invading Iraq in the first place...the whole reason for spending $400 Billion U.S. tax dollars, 3282 U.S. soldier deaths, 40,000+ wounded, and 600,000+ dead Iraqis was to get that fucking oil.

And now it looks like Cheney and Bush might even fail at that (thank God).

I can only imagine that meeting with Cheney...

Cheney: you got to pass that production sharing agreement before you go on vacation

Iraq Parliament: No

Cheney: well then we'll pull our troops out

Iraq Parliament: Fine, go ahead

(just then loud explosions going off all over Baghdad as Cheney shits his pants)

CHUQ said...

Well said, polishifter, glad to see that others are realizimg that the "war" is and was about OIL!