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Iraq: the truth is that they don't want our money and protection to leave the country ... and feel they can disrespect us with impunity to show their solidarity with their religious brothers

The fight continues …

Our enemies are not blind. On 9/11 they attacked the center of finance in New York. They see that the Wall Street Wizards have damaged the United States, both militarily and economically, and want to keep the United States on the defensive. And what better way to do that is to continue to bleed the American taxpayer by prolonging the outflow of dollars to Iraq and other foreign governments.

And what do the Iraqis propose as a thank you for liberating their miserable country and restoring a portion of their infrastructure … they want to assist their Arab brothers in bleeding the United States for additional energy dollars. Dollars which often finance anti-American activities and the buildup of armament which may, someday, used against the United States and its allies.

U.S. “required” to remain until 2012 …

“Officials said the Iraqi Defense Ministry has concluded that the U.S. military would be required until at least 2012 for both internal and external security and among other things to prevent piracy.”

" ‘The period of the timetabled withdrawal gives us enough time to complete our abilities — training, combat and technical — and secures us great support,’ Iraqi Defense Minister Abdul Khader Jassim said.”

“At a news conference on Nov. 23, Jassim warned of a U.S. military withdrawal before 2012, Middle East Newsline reported. He said the absence of a U.S. security umbrella would threaten Iraqi oil exports and encourage neighboring countries to dominate Baghdad.

Iran’s boy weighs in …

What’s better for Iran’s position than to continue bleeding uncountable American dollars, many of which have no doubt found their way to the opposition,  into the region. And there is no better way to get us to stay than to throw a  bogeyman into the mix in order to provide additional talking points for those who want the money gusher to continue.  

“Anti-American Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr urged his country's parliament yesterday to reject a pact that would extend the U.S. presence in Iraq for three years. Meanwhile, tens of thousands of his followers marched through Baghdad's streets to reinforce his words.”

“The large turnout points to trouble ahead for the U.S.-Iraqi security deal as Sunni and Shiite lawmakers weigh the political risks associated with the far-reaching agreement.”

“Waving Iraqi flags and green Shiite banners, protesters chanted slogans condemning the pact. The demonstration in the mostly Shiite eastern part of Baghdad was staged under tight security, with soldiers and police officers manning checkpoints along the route.”

Siding with OPEC …

“Iraqi Oil Minister Hussein al-Shahristani said on Friday that 80 dollars a barrel is a ‘reasonable’ price for oil and that his country would support any OPEC decision to cut output.”

" ‘A reasonable price for oil is 80 dollars a barrel,’ said Shahristani on arrival in Cairo to attend a consultative meeting by the OPEC cartel to study slumping crude prices.”

"We have to make sure that produced oil is used for consumption and not for storing.”

"' ‘Iraq would support a decision by OPEC to cut output either here or in Algeria,’ the Iraqi minister added.”

Perhaps we should simply surcharge each barrel of oil in partial contribution for our taxpayer dollars which have gone to remove a tyrant and stabilize a country in religious turmoil. Not that any price could compensate us for our lost men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice so that the Iraqis can openly disrespect us and corruptly continue to plunder our investment in their miserable regime.

Needed: a cohesive and comprehensive foreign policy …

No matter which way you voted, the United States is still in need of both a cohesive and comprehensive foreign policy. It matters little that this effort will be headed up by a Condoleezza Rice or a Hillary Clinton. What is of the utmost importance is that it represents the people of the United States, standing together in solidarity.

We need the rancorous bickering of the Congress to end NOW. We need to condemn many of those in the far-left who want to damage the United States both militarily and economically.

Needed: reorganization of the Department of Homeland Defense …

We need to deal with the possibility of a growing fifth column that is steadily infiltrating our institutions. And we certainly need to re-organize the Department of Homeland Defense with their almost impossible task of information coordination in an era when their so-called competitively chosen subcontractors are delivering overpriced and unworkable garbage with the knowledge that they will receive a slap on the wrist, minimal fines and be protected by their paid lobbyists and campaign contributions to politicians.

But, most of all, we need patriots: politicians, bureaucrats and citizens who will place the Country’s needs above their own personal prestige, power and profits. People who can clearly see the threat and make the move to build a cohesive defense to protect the American citizens.

What can YOU do?

Do not elect or re-elect corrupt, incompetent or unpatriotic officials to office.

Demand that both parties quit their open warfare for political power and start serving the American public or face being disbanded in the face of new institutions who will promote a pro-American stance in the face of growing world disruption and danger.

Let your politicians know how you feel about their use of your taxpayer dollars.

And if you believe that America is what’s wrong with the world, go live in France.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

Iraq says 80 dollars a 'reasonable' price for oil|AFP

Iraq Defense Ministry: U.S. pullout before 2012 would be 'unconsidered and sudden'

Cleric's followers march against U.S.-Iraq accord

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