Let’s remember this vote when NuLabour asks for our votes, 299 votes carried stopping an inquiry into the war-
The prime minister has survived a Commons call by the Conservatives for an immediate inquiry into the Iraq war. MPs rejected an attempt to force an independent probe, despite support from the Lib Dems and 12 Labour rebels.
The government’s parliamentary majority of 67 was more than halved as it won by 299 to 271 votes. A government amendment, recognising an time will come when an inquiry is “appropriate” but not during “important operations” in Iraq, was passed.
It was carried by 299 votes to 259 – a government majority of 40. Gordon Brown had said before Tuesday’s votes that there would be an inquiry when it is appropriate, but to hold one now would be a diversion for UK troops serving in Iraq.
No Gordon you didn’t say that, what you did was repeat Bush’s words when denying any oversight of how he acts. Yeah uppermost in a squaddie’s mind is what’s going on in Westminster, if it was, they wouldn’t be serving in the first place maybe. It’s also important no one looks too closely as the real ‘surge’ is underway (and btw, the ‘surge’ is a PR term that media adopted like good lackeys. Because ‘reinforcements’ doesn’t sound quite as exciting and has intimations of armies in trouble and conjures the spectre of defeat)-
The Iraqi executive branch, controlled by the 5 Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish Separatist parties want to make sure their rivals won’t win the next elections expected to take place before October. But unlike other pre-election preperations that include TV advertisements and sticking posters around the streets, the separatist Shiites in the Iraqi executive branch sends 50,000 troops to Basrah to kill their rivals (the nationalist Shiites).
what a great democracy Iraqis are enjoying!
This Bush-Maliki “preparation” started some hours after dick cheney pushed the executive branch to pass a the “provinces law” last week. The new law will decide whether Iraq will be partitioned into smaller sectarian regions, or will continue to be a united country with one central government.
Five Iraqi cities are under curfew and people from all around the country are participating in the nation-wide civil disobedience that was called for by al-sadr movement.
The Iraqi executive branch, backed by the US occupation authorities, described civil disobedience in Iraq today as “terrorism”. An Iraq government spokesperson said that individuals joining the nation-wide civil disobedience that was called for by Al-Sadr movement will not be tolerated, and that it falls under the counter-terrorism act #13, issued in 2005. The Iraqi Executive branch threatened to punish any governmental employees who don’t show up during the next day.
Yet again trips by the Bush cabal are quickly followed by conflict, funny that eh?
And something is really annoying me and I thought it wasn’t related to this post, but then I realised it was. I read this at C&L-
Pat Buchanan – First, America has been the best country on earth for black folks. It was here that 600,000 black people, brought from Africa in slave ships, grew into a community of 40 million, were introduced to Christian salvation, and reached the greatest levels of freedom and prosperity blacks have ever known.
Wright ought to go down on his knees and thank God he is an American.
Second, no people anywhere has done more to lift up blacks than white Americans. Untold trillions have been spent since the ’60s on welfare, food stamps, rent supplements, Section 8 housing, Pell grants, student loans, legal services, Medicaid, Earned Income Tax Credits and poverty programs designed to bring the African-American community into the mainstream.
Because that’s the same exceptionalism, white colonial paternal conservative bullshit that also frames the Iraq war, a rapist saying not only were they asking for it, they enjoyed it and they are only complaining to make trouble because you didn’t say you loved them. Utterly psychotic, utterly deluded fucking white patriot shit. Except it’s hardly ever remarked upon when it is operating in the context of Iraq, the kindly empire will bring freedom & democracy to the oppressed savages in the sandy places. Many Democrats & Republicans colluding in the nationalist fantasy of a massive militarist empire that somehow acts as a global Santa Claus, firm but fair, a good cop. Well Buchanan’s idiocy is the same as that idiocy.