WASHINGTON (CNN)– Despite the ongoing battle in Congress over Iraq war policy, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley said the White House is pleased with the progress made this week on the Hill. On CNN's Late Edition with Wolf Blitzer, he said: "I actually think we've had a pretty good week both in the Senate and in the House...if you listen to Senator Warner, Senator Lugar - it's the things they are not calling for. They are not calling for an arbitrary withdrawal schedule. They are talking about how important it is, what happens in Iraq, how it affects our security here at home. They are talking about that we are going to have to be engaged with Iraq for some period of time."
Republican Senators John Warner (R – Virginia) and Richard Lugar (R – Indiana) authored a resolution this week that would redeploy some combat troops out of Iraq, and limit the remaining troops to training and counterterrorism missions.
– CNN Associate Producer Jennifer Burch
Good week as defined by the Bush administration:
“I actually think we’ve had a pretty good week both in the Senate and in the House…if you listen to Senator Warner, Senator Lugar — it’s the things they are not calling for."
Not calling for accountability, not calling for a change of course, definitely NOT calling for an end to this abysmal failure in Iraq. Yup, it's been a good week for Bush & co.
It is reaching a point where the lunatics have taken over they asylum and the only thing left to do is
IMPEACH THE WAR CRIMINALS.
The Dems have to get tough with these folks.
Hadley was pointing out what every serious person in congress knows. We have to much at stake to give back Iraq. Iran which is our sworn enemy, by their admission, would be to great a influence. We need to pull most troops out & just kept enough troops to watch after our interest there. Its takes two to ends wars,the truth is we are hearing no terms of surrender from our enemies. They have sworn to bring distuction down on us and our allies.
I have a question, who actually owns the oil in Iraq? I hear we spend all this money about 10 billion a month or week something like that. I'm just saying why can the Iraq goverment pay for this war or at least help out with the bill. I mean we're spending all this money for them why can they fence for themselves. I've never heard anyone address this question. I think I make some sense. Its only fair that they put up some of the expense. I need some feedback. Just imagine all the money we can save if they put up some of that oil money to some good use. Am I crazy or what?
Very good question Jay, about the Oil revenues in Iraq....it's hard to find any CURRENT info...here's an article from 2005:
According to this, "After the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the United States took control of all of the Iraqi government’s bank accounts, including the income from oil sales. "
Which is why it should come as NO surpise that "auditors working for the United Nation's Iraq Advisory and Monitoring Board and the Inspector General of the Coalition Provisional Authority found:
Two sets of books at Iraq's Finance Ministry, which did not match
In one example of insufficient controls, the United States stored hundreds of millions of oil dollars in a vault in a Baghdad palace. Government auditors found that the key to the vault was kept “unsecured” — in a U.S. official’s backpack."