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Baghdad wants U.S. to pay $1 billion for damage to city
reuters ^ | 2/17/11 | Aseel Kami

Posted on 02/17/2011 7:28:45 AM PST by listenhillary

(Reuters) - Iraq's capital wants the United States to apologize and pay $1 billion for the damage done to the city not by bombs but by blast walls and Humvees since the U.S.-led invasion that toppled Saddam Hussein.

The city's government issued its demands in a statement on Wednesday that said Baghdad's infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.

"The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way, which reflected deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste," the statement said.

"Due to the huge damage, leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford...we demand the American side apologize to Baghdad's people and pay back these expenses."

(Excerpt) Read more at reuters.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government
KEYWORDS: baghdad; iraq; wot
Maybe we should just impose an oil tax on their oil>?
1 posted on 02/17/2011 7:28:47 AM PST by listenhillary
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To: listenhillary

And we want one trillion for turning your shi! hole of a country into a civilized society.


2 posted on 02/17/2011 7:30:41 AM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: listenhillary

Oh, I’m sure the Apologizer-in-Chief would more than willing.


3 posted on 02/17/2011 7:31:48 AM PST by MichaelCorleone (Sarah Palin is America's Margaret Thatcher)
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To: listenhillary

Bill the Iraqis for the entire amount of money the U.S. has spent liberating them and helping them form a democratic government. Oh, yes, and for all of the schools, hospitals, and other infrastructure we built. Tell them we’ll be charging interest backdated to March 2003.


4 posted on 02/17/2011 7:31:57 AM PST by American Quilter (The urge to save humanity is nearly always a cover for the urge to rule. - H.L. Mencken)
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To: listenhillary

How much will they pay us for the sacrifice and lives lost of those trying to secure a better life for the Iraqis?


5 posted on 02/17/2011 7:32:33 AM PST by milford421 (U.N. OUT OF U.S.)
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To: Leo Farnsworth

No good deed goes unpunished.


6 posted on 02/17/2011 7:32:33 AM PST by CarmichaelPatriot
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To: listenhillary
"deliberate ignorance and carelessness about the simplest forms of public taste"

OK, so give us a $trillion for removing these offenses to public taste.








7 posted on 02/17/2011 7:32:33 AM PST by Christian Engineer Mass (25ish Cambridge, MA grad student. Any potential conservative Christian FReepmail-FRiends out there?)
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To: listenhillary

The US is owed billion$ of “free” oil, like W and Chenny and Rummy promised.


8 posted on 02/17/2011 7:32:49 AM PST by Paladin2
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To: listenhillary

Maybe we should just take their oil to pay for the costs it took us to free them from that dictator.


9 posted on 02/17/2011 7:32:49 AM PST by Kevin in California
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To: listenhillary

Well, you can’t blame people for asking. Just say NO.


10 posted on 02/17/2011 7:33:48 AM PST by SonOfDarkSkies ('And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?' Yeats)
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To: listenhillary
This is what "Foreign Aid" is all about, as is our support of the 3rd World Julio's at the UN.

American taxpayers are forced to "donate" to handing money to 3rd World Dictatorships and tyrants, and there's no end to it.

11 posted on 02/17/2011 7:34:07 AM PST by traditional1 ("Don't gotsta worry 'bout no mo'gage, don't gotsta worry 'bout no gas; Obama gonna take care o' me!)
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To: SonOfDarkSkies

Good response.


12 posted on 02/17/2011 7:34:32 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: listenhillary

Is there anyone who doubts that we will pay it?


13 posted on 02/17/2011 7:35:09 AM PST by K-Stater
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To: listenhillary
Iraq, pound sand!!!!!!!!!!!!<

You have plenty of that, you also have oil and will generate millions, you are welcome................you unappreciative bastards.

14 posted on 02/17/2011 7:36:03 AM PST by Kakaze (Exterminate Islamofacism and apologize for nothing....except not doing it sooner!)
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To: listenhillary
leading to a loss the Baghdad municipality cannot afford

Where IS the oil money going?

15 posted on 02/17/2011 7:36:26 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: listenhillary

We set you and your country and your countrymen free from a murderous tyrant and now you want to take us to task because there was a little damage done during the war that set you free.

What a bunch of ingrates.

Isn’t it enough that your country is getting all that oil money?


16 posted on 02/17/2011 7:36:31 AM PST by Ev Reeman
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To: listenhillary

And we, The U.S., demand $5,000,000 per limb lost to IEDs planted by your c@cksucking, insurgents.


17 posted on 02/17/2011 7:37:34 AM PST by Holen1
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

Methinks we will be seeing these images here in the US, except it will be obama.

Better yet lets give them obama as payment.


18 posted on 02/17/2011 7:38:20 AM PST by Eye of Unk ("These people are either at your neck or at your knees" A quote by Winston Churchill)
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To: listenhillary
FK Iraq!!! Send them a bill for getting Sodamn Insane in the ground.
19 posted on 02/17/2011 7:39:38 AM PST by mongo141
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To: listenhillary

Dear Baghdad,
FO and you’re on your own.

Toodles,
America


20 posted on 02/17/2011 7:39:47 AM PST by liberalh8ter
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To: Ev Reeman

Not only that, these blast walls kept Iraqi resident’s homes (such as they are) from being destroyed by IDF and them from being killed by same. Ingrates.


21 posted on 02/17/2011 7:40:26 AM PST by gov_bean_ counter (I am proclaiming 2011 as the year of ME!)
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To: listenhillary

Can’t wait to see the bill from Hiroshima.


22 posted on 02/17/2011 7:46:10 AM PST by nkycincinnatikid
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To: MichaelCorleone

...any opportunity to financially , politically, economically, militarily...any situation to weaken America that presents itself will be grabbed.


23 posted on 02/17/2011 7:48:15 AM PST by himno hero
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To: listenhillary

We should bow down and kiss their asses. The riots have begun there and will soon turn anti American.


24 posted on 02/17/2011 7:50:46 AM PST by JimSEA
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To: listenhillary

The Iraqi’s are learning to be a modern democracy very quickly it seems.


25 posted on 02/17/2011 7:51:07 AM PST by Seruzawa (What's Democrat's legacy? Almost 1/2 million dead US soldiers and collapsed cities.)
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To: himno hero

Think they would have had the balls to ask Bush for payment?


26 posted on 02/17/2011 7:52:48 AM PST by listenhillary (20 years in Reverend Wright's church is all I need to determine the "content of his character")
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To: Leo Farnsworth
And we want one trillion for turning your shi! hole of a country into a civilized society.

Um...do you really think that has been done, or ever could be done? Maybe you just have a whole nother understanding of what "civilized" means compared to mine.

27 posted on 02/17/2011 7:55:24 AM PST by Prokopton
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To: American Quilter

Ping, bump...exactly what you just said.

Ungrateful pieces of camel dung!


28 posted on 02/17/2011 8:02:02 AM PST by EBH ( Whether you eat your bread or see it vanish into a looter's stomach, is an absolute.)
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To: listenhillary

After they’ve paid for all of the blood, and lives of our young men and women have shed so they could be free, and when they pay us back for the billions we’ve spent on helping them stay that way, then we can talk. Ungrateful, disgusting, my opinion of the Iraqi government just hit bottom.


29 posted on 02/17/2011 8:03:26 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: MichaelCorleone

He will also make sure he bows low enough to kiss their derrière and makes us all do the same. Then we will bleed our bank accounts and that of our children and their children. Maybe they would like us all to jump on a plane, fly over there and become their slaves while we are at it.


30 posted on 02/17/2011 8:06:39 AM PST by MsLady (If you died tonight, where would you go? Salvation, don't leave earth without it!)
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To: listenhillary

Has Islam paid for 9-11 and their other terrorist acts? Has Islam paid for the increased business costs in America resulting form security issues? Has Islam paid one iota for the loss of American rights and freedoms in America?

Its way overdue that the knuckle dragging barbarians did.


31 posted on 02/17/2011 8:12:46 AM PST by himno hero
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To: SonOfDarkSkies
Well, you can’t blame people for asking. Just say NO.

Point out to them they now have several square miles of trash heaps filled with Saddam "memorabilia" in them. They're free to sell them on eBay for whatever they can get. The bullet holes are just an added certificate of authenticity.

Germans tore down the Berlin Wall on their own. We've already done the hard work for the Iraqis.

32 posted on 02/17/2011 8:16:03 AM PST by 300winmag (Overkill never fails)
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To: nkycincinnatikid

The Marshall Plan attended to that creating a very great nation and ally. Even elevated it into the G7.

Now Obama is seeking to destroy that relationship as well.


33 posted on 02/17/2011 8:16:49 AM PST by himno hero
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To: listenhillary

The Iraqi government, which gets most of its $72 billion budget from oil revenues, says it is committed to improving basic services but progress is painfully slow.

http://iraqdailytimes.com/iraqis-angry-as-billions-fail-to-repair-public-works/


34 posted on 02/17/2011 8:17:22 AM PST by anglian
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To: Leo Farnsworth

I say we carpet bomb the crap hole from hell.


35 posted on 02/17/2011 8:17:45 AM PST by angcat (DEAR GOD PLEASE SAVE OUR COUNTRY!)
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To: Christian Engineer Mass

36 posted on 02/17/2011 8:18:38 AM PST by reagan_fanatic (A communist is just a liberal in a hurry)
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To: listenhillary

As soon as they pay Kuwait the billions and billions that their fleeing troops’ vandalism did in 1991.


37 posted on 02/17/2011 8:26:10 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (Socialists are to economics what circle squarers are to math; undaunted by reason or derision.)
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To: listenhillary

This is akin to the time when my PLT was sent to secure an post-blast IED site in Baghdad. A 100+ pound IED had detonated on a Humvee convoy, killing and maiming half a dozen Soldiers. The people who lived on the street where the terrorists had obviously taken their time to dig and emplace the IED demanded money from us for all the broken glass from the IED. These demands were being made as the charred bodies were still being pulled from the wreckage.

Had they demanded it of me, I probably would’ve buttstroked at least one of them. Dishonorable animals, all. We should’ve nuked the site from orbit.


38 posted on 02/17/2011 8:29:54 AM PST by Future Snake Eater ("Get out of the boat and walk on the water with us!”--Sen. Joe Biden)
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To: listenhillary

You know the Omoron will bend over backwards to help them out. They deserve an apology from the U.S. being so mean and getting rid of that silly, crazy, knucklehead of a dictator/murderer.


39 posted on 02/17/2011 8:33:03 AM PST by oust the louse (Mr. Obama is a left-wing ideologue who believes in the greatness of Fedzilla.)
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To: listenhillary

” “The U.S. forces changed this beautiful city to a camp in an ugly and destructive way” “ Baghdad’s infrastructure and aesthetics have been seriously damaged by the American military.”

Is this what they call gratitude? We could have stayed home while Saddam fed some more people feet first into a shredder. (Boy, was that un-aesthetic!) But we saw fit to help you people stop him and then to build a rare Democracy in a sea of Arab tyranny.

Man up! Germany and Japan rebuilt after WWII and made their cities look better than before. What’s the matter with you whiners? You got Muslim Syndrome? The Shiite Shakes?


40 posted on 02/17/2011 9:03:32 AM PST by RoadTest (Organized religion is no substitute for the relationship the living God wants with you.)
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To: listenhillary

And I want them to pay $1 Trillion for the freedom we obtained for them.

So what?


41 posted on 02/17/2011 9:09:45 AM PST by Uncle Miltie ("And did you exchange a walk on part in a war, for a lead role in a cage?")
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To: listenhillary

They should join a Wisconsin teachers union.


42 posted on 02/17/2011 9:11:26 AM PST by HereInTheHeartland (Vote like Obama is on the ballot)
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To: listenhillary

This is hugely offensive. These people hate us, always have, and always will. They regard our toppling of Saddam as an illegal invasion and our presence there as a religious and political offense. Our job is done, we should leave and not return...and tell them where to put their billion dollar demands.


43 posted on 02/17/2011 9:39:16 AM PST by americanophile ("The Constitution is the guide which I will never abandon." - George Washington)
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To: Prokopton

Well I admit you have a point, but I certanialy hope you can see a glimmer of mine...

They owe us more than we owe them by a factor of x,000.

OK?


44 posted on 02/17/2011 11:55:10 AM PST by Leo Farnsworth (I'm not really Leo Farnsworth.)
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To: listenhillary

And bill them for the cost of the GULF WAR to free the Kuwaitis from their unbridled aggression.

This is so absurd that they are asking us for reparations and it’s ONLY because they know we’re stuck with a weak “Sympathizer in Chief”


45 posted on 02/17/2011 1:15:31 PM PST by AlanGreenSpam (Obama: The First 'American IDOL' President - sponsored by Chicago NeoCom Thugs)
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To: HereInTheHeartland

Bingo.


46 posted on 02/17/2011 3:14:13 PM PST by chichipow
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To: americanophile

They act like muslimes everywhere. Think that us infidels
owe them and they never take any responsibility for any of
the mess that results from worshiping a corrupt ungodly
Allah.


47 posted on 02/17/2011 5:26:40 PM PST by jusduat (probably lost)
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