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Rice Pops Up in Baghdad

Posted on Aug 21, 2008

Where in the world is Condoleezza Rice? Well, as the ink was drying on the deal she signed to secure Poland’s cooperation in the United States’ controversial missile shield project, Secretary of State Rice turned up in Baghdad on Thursday for an unscheduled visit with Iraqi leaders. Surprise!


Her arrival comes after 10 months of difficult negotiations on the US military presence in Iraq between Washington and Baghdad.

Reports suggest a compromise draft is being considered by both governments.

Negotiations have been held up by disagreement over the timing of the final withdrawal of US forces from the country and the immunity of US soldiers from prosecution under Iraqi law, says the BBC’s Crispin Thorold in Baghdad.

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By QuyTran, August 21, 2008 at 1:06 pm Link to this comment

Her “blow job” policy will be drained to toilet !

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By Reubenesque, August 21, 2008 at 10:31 am Link to this comment

Rice.  A voice in the wilderness crying out for corporate profit.

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By felicity, August 21, 2008 at 7:58 am Link to this comment

What about the 190,000 ‘contractors?’  Maybe we’ll send them all to Georgia to clean up the mess made by that very timely, shall we say convenient, little dust-up with Russia.  I’ve heard that we’re to spend $1 billion to ‘rebuild’ Georgia and who better to pay it to than our ‘contractors.’

Whatever way it gets cut, this century’s fait accomplis, its done deal seems to be a guaranteed profitable outcome created by wars waged.

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By Cran Berry, August 21, 2008 at 7:42 am Link to this comment

Rice is there to prepare the way for Bush to announce a scheduled troop withdrawal leaving Obama talking about Iraq in the past tense. The disaster, like Katrina, will be something that happened a few years ago, quickly erased from the minds of voters.

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By Purple Girl, August 21, 2008 at 6:18 am Link to this comment

Oh that’s right the Oil Incs and their foreign sponsors have not gotten a guarantee they will control Iraqi Oil!
If Iraq has all this oil & has a surplus of cash in reserve…Who will recieve the repayment..Will the Oil Incs & “royals” be the ‘Bank’ who will control how and when we are repaid? What will be their ‘surcharge’ for such brokering?
Will WE get unfettered access to the oil produced in Iraq, thus reducing our reliance on Saudi & the UAE’s fickle supply? Or will it be added to their surplus for US to bid on?
Who ever ends up owning and controlling these fields are the Ones who Owe US for the Billions we have spent on this Hostile Takeover scheme.
FYI the US Dept of Energy is nothing more than a store front facade for the Oilcorps and their masters the Oil’royals’. Regardless of what the energy source long as these middle men are allowed full control of pricing and distribution We will never be ‘Energy Independent’.Just like the Iraqi’s are trying to do now- maintain ownership and control of their countries resources, WE must strive to regain OURS!They have crippled our economy, sacrificed our blood & treasure and have created conflicts which do not have Our best interest at heart. Revoke Public land Leases, make all energy produced/retrieved from our Land OURS and end the stranglehold Corps have had around our necks for nearly a century.Demand Gov’t aid individuals in purchasing solar panels and windmills.Make a public works for building such projects on public lands which will not effect the environment- for national use,reducing our need for fossil fuels and coal.Demand repayment of loans and tax breaks which have been used as capitol,repo anything if cash is short. They have been Poaching off US long enough, Let’s see how well the Open Free Market works when they have to compete against US in energy production and sales around the World.When we ‘grow our own’ and sell off any excess, they will have lost at least 25% of their market.

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