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Iraq expells 6 US congressmen
Press TV ^ | June 14th 2011 | Seyyed Mohyeddin Sajedi

Posted on 06/14/2011 5:13:36 PM PDT by Cardhu

The Iraqi government has expelled six US congressmen from the country. The decision was so shocking to the US embassy in the Iraqi capital, Baghdad, that only 24 hours later the US embassy declared that the congressmen had made personal statements.

What raised the Iraqis' anger was a request by these congressmen that Iraq pays a portion -- and even up to a half -- of the expense of the US occupation of this country. The US delegation of congressmen had also requested a visit to Camp Ashraf, whish was also opposed by Iraqi authorities.

This decision of the Iraqis was welcomed by various factions within the Middle Eastern country to a point where even Ayad Alawi's faction, which enjoys warm ties with Saudi Arabia and the US, wasn't able to disagree with it.

The US did not enter Iraq at the invitation of executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein for the Americans to want to ask for compensation from the next Iraqi government.

Furthermore, US troops were never welcomed as 'freedom forces' by the Iraqi people.

The murders that US troops have committed in Iraqi prisons or on the streets of various Iraqi cities have not left a positive impression of the US military on Iraqi citizens. Despite the fact that the US forces ousted Saddam, Iraqi citizens never believed that these efforts were aimed at freeing them from dictatorship and not aimed at protecting US interests.

The monthly cost of maintaining US troops in Iraq was USD 4.4 billion in 2003 and USD 12 billion in 2008. So far the US has spent nearly USD 1.8 trillion in Iraq in the form of military hardware and personnel. Some analysts from within the US have even put this figure much higher than the official amount.

In September 2010, the Iraqi government agreed to pay USD 400 million in damages to the US for damages incurred during Saddam Hussein's regime. In its 60th assembly last May, the Iraqi parliament agreed to pay this amount. The decision was met by widespread protests by the people and various political groups.

The US government has never officially asked Iraq to share the cost of the war but it tries to compensate itself by exclusively granting military and civil reconstruction projects to US companies.

The expulsion of the US congressional delegation from Iraq has been raised at a time when the SOFA plan to remove US troops from Iraq has become a hot topic. Based on this agreement the remaining 47 thousand US troops in the country are to leave by the end of September 2011. But Washington has been pressing Baghdad to agree to the remaining of tens of thousands of US troops in Iraq. US officials have claimed that the plan to maintain troops in Iraq is a part of the war against al-Qaeda. New US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told US Congress last week that roughly a thousand al-Qaeda operatives are still in Iraq and that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maleki has requested the US military to maintain troops in the country.

Former US Defense Secretary Robert Gates took a more aggressive tone last April and asked Iraqi officials to give a positive response to the US request to maintain troops in Iraq, adding that they were running out of time to respond.

The al-Qaeda terrorist cell only entered Iraq after the US occupied the country and US security organizations were never able to prove that Saddam had cooperated with al-Qaeda and was never able to prove that this organization existed in Iraq during the reign of the Ba'ath regime.

The number of assassinations and bombings have increased in recent days and the Iraqi government has said that a number of cars equipped with explosives have entered the country lately. These reports are surfacing at a time when many factions within Iraq have been urging the Iraqi government to agree to the plan to maintain US troops in the country. Some sources close to the Iraqi government believe that the explosions will increase until the government agrees to US soldiers remaining in the country.

Some news sources claim that the al-Araqiya group and former Ba'athists have been carrying out the bombings with the cooperation of al-Qaeda. Given the closeness of the al-Araqiya group with Saudi Arabia it seems that Riyadh strongly favors the permanent presence of US troops in Iraq as it feels the lack of a US presence will be detrimental to its own security.

The Iraqi military is not able to provide security for Iraq's airspace. The Iraqi government says that its forces are able to maintain the country's domestic security but US officials, including the new US defense secretary, are insisting that the security situation in Iraq is vulnerable. Washington is trying to change the organizational defense mechanism of Iraq's air and ground forces in a manner that would require the permanent presence of US troops in the country.

Even though the Iraqi government refuses to agree to the permanent presence of US troops in its country, the US will be able to keep a force of notorious private security contractors similar to Black Water under the pretext of providing security for its nearly 3,000 diplomats and contractors in Iraq.

Still it seems that the extended presence of US troops in Iraq is not completely independent of the recent developments in the Arab world, especially the popular revolts that are occurring in many neighboring countries. Protests continue in Syria despite efforts by the government to implement reform and the situation in Jordan seems very fragile. The US and Israel greatly fear any form of dramatic change in Jordan.

Maintaining US troops in Iraq is aimed at creating a permanent base in the country to influence the Middle East, which was the ultimate reason behind the US invasion of Iraq in 2003.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 112th; bho44; congressmen; espelled; iranianarticle; iraq; postwariraq; propagandapiece
"What raised the Iraqis' anger was a request by these congressmen that Iraq pays a portion -- and even up to a half -- of the expense of the US occupation of this country."
1 posted on 06/14/2011 5:13:39 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

from now on, it’s C.O.D., or brand new sheets of glass - take your pick


2 posted on 06/14/2011 5:17:55 PM PDT by blueplum
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To: Cardhu

The whole world knows we have an air-headed, American hating pansy in the White House.

The days when Americans were respected around the globe are gone and won’t return until a patriotic American replaces Obama.


3 posted on 06/14/2011 5:20:02 PM PDT by Iron Munro (Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster - Sun Tzu)
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To: Cardhu
"What raised the Iraqis' anger was a request by these congressmen that Iraq pays a portion -- and even up to a half -- of the expense of the US occupation of this country."

I agree with the Iraqis. When our politicians demand money, they should not get it. At least the Iraqis have shown that they have a spine.

4 posted on 06/14/2011 5:21:47 PM PDT by JimWayne
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To: Cardhu

Who were the six congressman?

Were they just a bunch of leaching liberals?


5 posted on 06/14/2011 5:23:00 PM PDT by Sir Francis Dashwood (Arjuna, why have you have dropped your bow???)
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To: Cardhu

Should have given them the bill while they still had some respect for us, politically speaking ... actually, presidentially speaking.


6 posted on 06/14/2011 5:24:20 PM PDT by RobinOfKingston (An election is not a (national) suicide pact.)
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To: Cardhu

Aw Hell, I thought we did it for the oil.(?!!?)


7 posted on 06/14/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT by Delta 21 (Make your choice ! There are NO civilians.)
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To: Cardhu

I wish we could expel our Congressmen.


8 posted on 06/14/2011 5:24:28 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Cardhu

This is irresponsible reporting. Other press reports indicate the congressmen were there on a one day visit and mention nothing about them being expelled. Furthermore, Rohrabacker made the comments and was the only congressman to express that opinion. Reports say the Iraqi govt is upset by the remarks but mentions nothing about an expulsion.


9 posted on 06/14/2011 5:28:57 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Cardhu

This article is written by the government of Iran.


10 posted on 06/14/2011 5:31:13 PM PDT by death2tyrants
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To: Cardhu

Reads like another idiot sponsored by unions in the United States.


11 posted on 06/14/2011 5:36:09 PM PDT by VeniVidiVici (Tony Weiner - Internet Flasher)
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To: Cardhu

Why don’t we just pack our bags and haul azz out of there.

Bring what we can with us and destroy the rest.


12 posted on 06/14/2011 5:36:09 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Rohrabacher, Poe, Jeff Duncan and Louie Gohmert were the Republican Congress members on the trip, Jim Costa and Russ Carnahan were the Democrats in the delegation.


But Rohrabacher says he was not expelled...

13 posted on 06/14/2011 5:43:53 PM PDT by az_gila
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To: Cardhu

Lucky Iranians...


14 posted on 06/14/2011 5:52:31 PM PDT by bigbob
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To: blueplum

>> from now on, it’s C.O.D., or brand new sheets of glass - take your pick

I don’t recall Iraq placing an order for an invasion.


15 posted on 06/14/2011 5:55:36 PM PDT by Gene Eric (*** Jesus ***)
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To: saganite

Iraqi authorities asked for Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R-Calif.) to leave the country Saturday after he called for Baghdad to repay part of the money spent by the US since the 2003 invasion.

Rohrabacher’s remarks at a news conference in Baghdad stood in stark contrast to those by senior US officials, who have pressed Iraqi officials to decide soon whether they want US troops to stay beyond a year-end withdrawal deadline.

“We called the US embassy yesterday [Friday], and we told them to ask the congressmen to leave Iraq,” government spokesman Ali al Dabbagh said. “We don’t want them here. What they said was inappropriate.”

FOX News


16 posted on 06/14/2011 6:01:18 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood

surprised they did not take them hostage and start a huge issue.


17 posted on 06/14/2011 6:05:52 PM PDT by television is just wrong
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To: Cardhu

link?


18 posted on 06/14/2011 6:09:19 PM PDT by saganite (What happens to taglines? Is there a termination date?)
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To: Sir Francis Dashwood
Who were the six congressman?...Were they just a bunch of leaching liberals?

Rorbacher is cited in the article. Traveling with Rohrabacher were Democratic Rep. Russ Carnahan of Missouri; Rep. Ted Poe of Texas, a Republican member of Rohrabacher's subcommittee; Republican Rep. Jeff Duncan of South Carolina; Republican Rep. Louie Gohmert of Texas; and Democratic Rep. Jim Costa of California.

Not exactly a bunch of liberals. Wish they'd asked what became of the $6.5 billion in cash that's lost. Not to get it back, what's $6.5 billion, to find out what happened to it.

19 posted on 06/14/2011 6:09:28 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: saganite

http://nation.foxnews.com/rep-dana-rohrabacher/2011/06/13/iraq-kicks-out-us-congressman

via AP


20 posted on 06/14/2011 6:18:15 PM PDT by Cardhu
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To: Cardhu

This isn’t news. It’s propaganda, pure and simple.


21 posted on 06/14/2011 6:20:48 PM PDT by Let_It_Be_So (Once you see the Truth, you cannot "unsee" it, no matter how hard you may try.)
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To: Cardhu
Iraq expells 6 US congressmen

You actually posted from a site whose headline is misspelled and expect us to take it seriously?

That said, 6 down, 429 to go!

22 posted on 06/14/2011 6:20:48 PM PDT by BfloGuy (Money, like chocolate on a hot oven, was melting in the pockets of the people.)
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To: Cardhu
"Furthermore, US troops were never welcomed as 'freedom forces' by the Iraqi people."


23 posted on 06/14/2011 6:22:58 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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Hopefully they can stop somewhere nice on the way back. Switzerland is nice this time of year, they can look for the missing $6.5 billion in cash.

24 posted on 06/14/2011 6:35:00 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Cardhu

SHEESH! Anything posted from PressTV IMO should be noted to be taken with a grain of salt. It’s Iranian PressTV. It’s the word of the enemy of the Western World, the Free World.

They really don’t like us.


25 posted on 06/14/2011 7:09:51 PM PDT by rockinqsranch (Dems, Libs, Socialists, call 'em what you will, they ALL have fairies livin' in their trees.)
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To: Cardhu

Now....If only we, the citizens, could expell some congresscritters from this country...


26 posted on 06/14/2011 7:44:35 PM PDT by SuperLuminal (Where is another agitator for republicanism like Sam Adams when we need him?)
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To: Cardhu
Iran's television network, broadcasting in English round-the-clock. Based in Tehran.
27 posted on 06/14/2011 8:01:25 PM PDT by expat1000
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To: Cardhu

These Muslims are swine who have ONE standard of behavior towards fellow Muslim Swine and quite another toward “Non-Believers” REGARDLESS of what stupid and naive “Non-Believers” may have done for them.

Removing Saddam and the Taliban from Iraq and Afghanistan for what they threatened or what they did - WISE DECISION.

Trying to “help” these bigoted, ungrateful and vicious swine afterwards - the ACROTERION of stupidity. In each case, we should have IMMEDIATELY pulled out after cleaning out the more egregious of these bastards and left the remainder to stew in their own filth.

But Bush II and Obama are BOTH one-worlders who feel that expending American lives and dollars to “civilize: these maniacs is a worthwhile pursuit.


28 posted on 06/14/2011 9:00:55 PM PDT by ZULU (Lindsey Graham is a nanometrical pustule of pusillanimous putrescence)
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To: Cardhu

Why are you posting Iranian propaganda?


29 posted on 06/14/2011 9:12:19 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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To: Cardhu

“Furthermore, US troops were never welcomed as ‘freedom forces’ by the Iraqi people. “

Uh, except they were. Remember? Flowers? Tearing down the statue of Saddam? All that is called welcoming freedom forces. Who was doing it? The Iraqi people.

Anyway, is this a news item or an opinion piece? Does the author even know the difference?

Also, where was the barf alert? My keyboard is ruined.


30 posted on 06/14/2011 10:05:18 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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To: Cardhu

Guess The Donald wouldn’t be allowed in to begin with.


31 posted on 06/14/2011 10:07:08 PM PDT by EDINVA ( CHANGE it back!)
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To: Cardhu

Just remember, Press TV is the propaganda arm of the Iranian government. There is always more to the story.


32 posted on 06/14/2011 10:07:43 PM PDT by MediaMole
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To: Cardhu

This article is rife with inaccuracies.


33 posted on 06/14/2011 10:25:19 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: MediaMole
Just remember, Press TV is the propaganda arm of the Iranian government. There is always more to the story.

Iraqi forces went into Camp Ashraf in April and wiped out a bunch of Iranians who'd been living there. Rumor has it that the people killed were Iranian dissidents.

The Congressoinal delegation wanted to visit and talk to the people there in order to determine what had happened.

The Iraqi government denied that request, which is unfortunate.

That's the real story.

34 posted on 06/14/2011 10:44:43 PM PDT by Allegra (Hey! Stop looking at my tagline like that.)
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To: Cardhu

I agree with the Iraqis.

Did we demand that Germany and Japan “repay us” for our World War II efforts, relieving them from their former militarist rulers? No. It was, and still would be considered unthinkable.

Have we ever demanded that South Korea “repay us” for saving them from being over-run by the Communist dictators in the north? No. Would we? No!!! Again, unthinkable.

This is not the 18th century, where the victor in a war punishes and plunders the people and local economy of the defeated, as “repayment”.

When the U.S. does go to war, it MUST be considered as IN OUR INTEREST. As anything that is in our interest, we do not do it to be “repaid” by anyone for our efforts. If it is not in our interest, we should not do it. If it is in our interest, we assume we are committed to paying for it.

The six CongressCriters are wrong.

It might be a populist notion; it might excite people on the Right and the Left in common populist cause - in these times of national deficits.

It is not, in my view, a Conservative notion.


35 posted on 06/15/2011 9:36:13 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: SJackson

“they can look for the missing $6.5 billion in cash”

No matter by which means, fair or foul (and in all likelihood it was some combination of both), everyone of those 6.5 billion dollars most likely landed in the accounts of persons in Iraq.


36 posted on 06/15/2011 9:39:41 AM PDT by Wuli
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To: Wuli

Yes, and leaving the legality of “bribery” aside, if it advanced American interests, that’s fine with me. But we don’t seem to know what happened to any of it.


37 posted on 06/15/2011 4:25:20 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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To: Allegra

Thanks, that makes complete sense.


38 posted on 06/15/2011 4:33:47 PM PDT by SJackson (Normal people don't sit cross-legged on the floor and bang on drums, WI State Sen Glenn Grothman (R))
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Thanks Cardhu.
What raised the Iraqis' anger was a request by these congressmen that Iraq pays a portion -- and even up to a half -- of the expense of the US occupation of this country. The US delegation of congressmen had also requested a visit to Camp Ashraf, whish was also opposed by Iraqi authorities.

39 posted on 06/15/2011 5:28:28 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (Thanks Cincinna for this link -- http://www.friendsofitamar.org)
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To: Cardhu
We accomplished what we went there to do it is time to bring the troops home. If they want us to stay then they need to cough up the dough. If they keep expelling our congressmen while we still have troops there spilling their blood to keep these a$$holes safe then we need to defund them.
40 posted on 06/16/2011 7:39:40 AM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: SJackson

“But we don’t seem to know what happened to any of it.”

I suspect that people, particularly in the CIA and DOD intelligence, know parts of the answer, and that some of the answers might not pass “fiscal” scrutiny but might have met “security” interests at the time. Juts a guess.


41 posted on 06/16/2011 1:47:04 PM PDT by Wuli
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To: Gene Eric

well, Sadaam sure didn’t, but I do recall several large Iraqi exile communities and leaders petitioning the WH for action against Sadaam and his pervert sons.


42 posted on 06/27/2011 10:13:13 PM PDT by blueplum
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