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Iraqi Diplomat: Use Oil As Weapon Against US

From Fox News:

Liberated Iraq calls on Arab states to use oil as ‘weapon’ against U.S.

November 16, 2012

A top Iraqi diplomat urged Arab states to “use the weapon of oil” against the United States because of its alliance with Israel, raising more questions about the Middle Eastern nation’s allegiance to the country that freed it from a ruthless dictatorship…

"Iraq will invite (Arab) ministers to use the weapon of oil, with the aim of asserting real pressure on the United States and whoever stands with Israel," Qais al-Azzawy told reporters in Cairo on Friday.

Mr. Al-Azzawy is Iraq’s Arab League representative.

"The economic weapon is the strongest one to be put into effect now, to assure of standing by the Palestinian people, in light of there being no military power that can stand in the face of Israel at the present time,” he added

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has at times been critical of the U.S., and has in recent years raised alarms over his increasingly close relationship with Iran.

The sharp words from the Iraqi diplomat came just as Iraq released a commander of the Lebanese terror group Hezbollah, despite assurances to U.S. it would not do so

Almost 4,500 American service members have been killed and more than 32,000 wounded in our war to ‘liberate’ Iraq from a dictator. A war that US taxpayers at least $750 billion dollars.

We should have demanded Iraq’s oil long ago.

Meanwhile, we have this news from our other front, via an outraged (at the US) Associated Press:

Afghan president: US violating detainee pact

By RAHIM FAIEZ | November 19, 2012

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Afghanistan’s president has accused U.S. forces of continuing to capture and hold Afghans in violation of an agreement signed earlier this year between the two countries…

In the statement, the Afghan president [Hamid Karzai] said some detainees are still being held by U.S. forces even though Afghan judges have ruled that they be released. He also decried the continued arrest of Afghans by U.S. forces.

Karzai spokesman Aimal Faizi on Monday told reporters that more than 70 detainees continue to be held by the Americans despite being ordered released by Afghan courts.

And never mind that we are trying to fight a war there and that these ‘detainees’ were probably captured on the battlefield.

The two countries signed the detainee transfer pact in March but the handover of detention facilities has been slowed by the U.S., which has argued both that the Afghans are not ready to take over their management and insisted that the Afghan government agree to hold without trial some detainees that the U.S. deems too dangerous to release.

Let’s hope Obama doesn’t hear about this nitpicking from our side.

"These acts are completely against the agreement that has been signed between Afghanistan and the U.S. president," said Karzai’s statement and urged Afghan officials to "take serious measures" to push for taking over all responsibility for the detention center on the edge of the main U.S. base in eastern Afghanistan.

Detention without trial, often called administrative detention, is against Afghan law, said Faizi, the Afghan president’s spokesman…

The detainee transfer deal was one of two pacts that were key to a broad but vague strategic partnership agreement signed by Kabul and Washington in May that set forth an American commitment to Afghanistan for years to come. The second pact covers "special operations" such as certain American raids and other conduct on the battlefield…

This pact probably also covers "joint patrols." Which the US can no longer carry out, since the Afghan soldiers can’t be trust not to turn on them.

For the record, over 2,155 and thousands wounded and $468 billion dollars have been spent ‘liberating’ Afghanistan from the Taliban. — Which they are eagerly working to return to power.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Monday, November 19th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

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