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Barrett808 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:35 PM
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Iraqi Leaders Demand More Powers from Washington
Iraqi Leaders Demand More Powers from Washington
By Alastair Macdonald

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi leaders and some of the United States' closest allies in the occupation demanded on Tuesday that Washington relinquish more powers than it intended to the Iraqi government due to regain sovereignty next month.

An Iraqi delegation will leave for the United Nations on Wednesday to seek full control of oil revenues and an end to the heavy legacy of war reparations left by Saddam Hussein.

Its standing among Iraqis battered by a scandal over prisoner abuse and a failure to halt violence in which the head of Iraq (news - web sites)'s Governing Council was killed on Monday, Washington is offering somewhat less than total control to an Iraqi interim government which it will establish, with U.N. help, on June 30.

Heading for talks with President Bush, Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi said he wanted a "clear breakthrough" on giving Iraqis real power.

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http://story.news.yahoo.com/news?tmpl=story&u=/nm/20040...
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Just Me Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:38 PM
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1. Whoops! They are DEMANDING freedom.
The neocon-backed PNAC plan is falling to pieces!!!

BWAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

Hope they all end up in prison for betraying their own people. They soooooo deserve to rot in jail and then burn in hell.
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gratuitous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:40 PM
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2. Full control of oil revenues?! Bwahahahahaha!!!
Oh man, that was a good one! Give up control of the revenue stream from the oil? Then what was the point of invading in the first place? Cute of them to ask, though.

Next, they'll probably want to cut out the foreign ownership of their national industries!

Forget it, Ahmed. The Bush crime family stole your country fair and square, and they're not about to just hand it back to you.
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pinto Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:47 PM
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3. memo to WH, if you support "freedom" let's see you support the Iraqis
at the UN for their oil revenues.........
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Beetwasher Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:49 PM
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4. Out of Control Puppets?
Hmmm, I think there's a Frankensteinian lesson here...
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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 03:51 PM
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5. Hand picked 'pretend' Iraqi leader goes renegade and wants it all
hmmmm, haven't the RW nation builders played this tune before? Seems they are damned slow learners.

Guess we will have to invade all over again?

Where, oh where, did the neocons go wrong? </irony>
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 05:37 PM
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6. Those distrustful ingrates!

We bomb their country, we seize control of and plan to privatize their resources, we censor their media, we bring the lawless flavor of the Wild West to the streets of Bagdad for their enjoyment, we run their infamous prisons for them, we patrol their country with both our own volunteer army and also with the largest mercenary army in the world, and we offer them a phony handover of power on 30 June. Halliburton is probably willing to stay there forever, to help teach them the glories of cooperation between governments and large corporations. And in return, all we ask the Iraqis to do is to play along and pretend they aren't worried about getting screwed over.

Why oh why are they making it so difficult for us? What could possibly be going through their heads? :smoke:
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue May-18-04 06:08 PM
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7. Just another example of whatever junior touches goes to hell. If I had
his record of failures, I'd lock myself up in a dard room and have my meals slipped under the door for the rest of my life.

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