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Iraqi Leader’s Catch-22 Over Oil Law

The Iraqi Prime Minister, Nouri al-Maliki, fears the Americans will torpedo his government if his parliament does not pass Iraq’s controversial oil law.

In what could be construed as diplomatic blackmail, American support for the al-Maliki administration is dependent on passage of the Oil Law which essentially gives control of Iraq’s oil wealth to foreign oil companies.

al-Maliki associates said that U.S. officials have told the prime minister that President Bush was committed to the current government but continued White House support depended on positive action on the oil law by the close of this parliamentary session June 30. “Al-Maliki is committed to meeting the deadline because he is convinced he would not survive in power without U.S. support,” one of the associates said.

So Mr al-Maliki is caught is a classic Catch-22. If he wants to survive politically he has to pass an oil law that robs his people of their oil wealth. If he doesn’t pass the oil law, he is out of a job…

Comments (4)

  1. The Pledge of Resistance…

    We believe that as people living
    in the United States it is our
    responsibility to resist the injustices
    done by our government,
    in our names
    Not in our name
    will you wage endless war
    there can be no more deaths
    no more transfusions
    of blood for oil

  2. Leslie Harris says:

    Now we all know that this was the agenda of Bush and his buddy Cheney right from the start. Its outrageous. We should be looking at alternative energy sources, but no, we will just keep on the fast track to global warming and steal Iraqs wealth. Shame on us and shame of you if you let it happen. Get a backbone, fellow democrats, thats what I voted for.

  3. President Bush, I can not believe that you would construe as diplomatic blackmail, American support for the al-Maliki administration dependent on passage of the Oil Law which essentially gives control of Iraq’s oil wealth to foreign oil companies. It’s amazing that you would rob his people of their oil wealth. Christianity can not be experienced with a hypothetical experience of God. Obviously, you are not getting it. Try http://www.mysteries.net.

  4. Gerry Peters says:

    In what could be construed as diplomatic blackmail, American support for the al-Maliki administration is dependent on passage of the Oil Law which essentially gives control of Iraq’s oil wealth to foreign oil companies.

    Stop Bush’s immoral greedy plan!

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