June 15, 2007

“UN extends forces mandate in Iraq”

From Al Jazeera:

The United Nations has extended its mandate for US-led forces in Iraq after the country’s foreign minister said they were “vitally necessary” for security and regional stability.

Hoshyar Zebari called the UN security council’s move “very positive for Iraq”.

He said all Security Council members understood “what the Iraqi government is facing”, illustrated by the bombing of Samarra’s Askariya shrine on Wednesday by “terrorists … seek to destroy the fabric of Iraqi society”.

The resolution adopted by the Security Council last year, which extended the mandate of the multinational force for one year starting on December 31, authorised a review of the mandate by June 15.

At an open council meeting, Zebari said that despite Iraq’s daily violence, “the government has made tremendous strides toward the day when security will be provided by a self-sufficient, Iraqi national security force”.

He said: “While Iraqis will always be grateful for their liberation from an absolute despot, no Iraqi government official – indeed, no Iraqi citizen – wants the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil one day longer than is vitally necessary.

“But today, and for the foreseeable months at least, the presence of [foreign] troops is vitally necessary not only for Iraq but also to safeguard regional security and stability.”

How sad is it when the frickin’ UN is more convinced of the necessity of a US force presence in Iraq than our own Democratic leaders in Congress?

Don’t answer that.  I’m depressed enough as it is.

Up is down.  Black is white.  Madame is Wayland…

(h/t Sweetness and Light)

Posted by Jeff G. @ 1:03pm
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Comments (27)

  1. “While Iraqis will always be grateful for their liberation from an absolute despot…”

    I think I knew that, but it’s nice to hear him say it. He seems like a good guy, and I hope they get everything up to speed quickly, but I hope he understands that we are definitely going to be there as long as they think they need us.

  2. …but I hope he understands that we are definitely going to be there as long as they think they need us.

    I’m sorry to say that I’m not sure I understand that, happyfeet.

    Iraq may not be Vietnam but the same people are doing their damndest to see that it is.

  3. “While Iraqis will always be grateful for their liberation from an absolute despot…”

    It ain’t over with that, happyfeet:

    “While Iraqis will always be grateful for their liberation from an absolute despot, no Iraqi government official – indeed, no Iraqi citizen – wants the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil one day longer than is vitally necessary.”

    Because of the downside of being protected.  The ingrates.  Reminds me of the decades of belligerence from liberated peoples the planet over.

    Never in my life have I seen a narrative so pervasive, so corrosive that its adherents would gladly accept the loss of life in order to worship it.

  4. How much longer are going to have to put up with betrayal after betrayal from this misery pimping organization run by a bunch of corrupt bureaucrats fronting ruthless despots who…

    What? What was that?

    Oh! Supported you say? Really?

    Hmmm. Um, sorry…

    (slinks away)

  5. It’s the Security Council.  And nobody is asking the Chinese, French or Russians to actually do anything…

  6. Madame is Wayland

    OK, now I’m worried.

  7. Pablo, we don’t have to countenance the leftist people every day. Today being one of those days, after Harry’s latest ridiculousness, that it seems laughable that the Democrats could accomplish a withdrawal of forces. “The surge is a failure” is a long way from making the case that the U.S. has no interest in a secure, stable, democratic Iraq, and at least through the weekend, I am definitely embracing the Palestine fiasco as being as clear a demonstration of what’s at stake as we could possible hope for.

    JH – I think the average Iraqi citizen walks around secretly pleased that their country is at least back on the map, and, indeed, quite the topic of conversation. I would bet the average Malawian is harboring far deeper resentments, but then, I’m in a very happy place today, being Friday and all.

  8. How sad is it when the frickin’ UN is more convinced of the necessity of a US force presence in Iraq than our own Democratic leaders in Congress?

    Yea, I just threw-up in my mouth a little bit…..

  9. Cheer up, Jeff!  Reid has had a Dan Rather moment, when the internet snapped a picture of him with his skirt up. 

    In any case, I was going to suggest this to cheer you up, but I understand they are sold out.

  10. The funniest/most ironic/ridiculous part about this to me is that if the UN said that “the presence of [foreign] troops is NO LONGER vitally necessary for Iraq” how exactly would they ask to remove these [foreign] troops?

    With a strongly worded letter?

    It’s like Team America all over again.

    Hans Blix: “Let me see your whole palace or else.”

    Kim Jong Il: “Or else what?”

    Blix: “Or else we will be very, very angry with you. And we will write you a letter telling you how angry we are.”

  11. I also think, since I’m rambling, that the “anti-war sentiment” is a contrived result of what has been an uncommon effort on the part of the media, one that I don’t think is truly sustainable. They would have a hard time ratcheting back up to the sustained, hysterical, unreasoned shrieking that they achieved through the 06 campaign and a bit after. There’s a crescendo that attends that kind of thing. We saw it with AIDS and Homelessness in the 80s, and with Enron and Abu Ghraib and Katrina more recently. It’s not like there aren’t hordes of leftist people with other issues that are feeling a bit neglected by their NPR pals. And it’s summer. People will tune out, catch their breath, and things will be better after that.

    But, um, don’t like bookmark this comment or anything.

  12. no Iraqi government official – indeed, no Iraqi citizen – wants the presence of foreign troops on Iraqi soil one day longer than is vitally necessary.”

    They have to say that, else they’ll be accused of succumbing to our imperialism.

  13. …and Pink Lady is Jeff…

  14. Or is he the Woozle named Peanut?  Because that would be a bring-down.

  15. Reid has had a Dan Rather moment, when the internet snapped a picture of him with his skirt up.

    There went lunch…

  16. Here is a link to an article that all should read, if you want to know what service can mean.

  17. Safe lakes are happy lakes.

  18. Twatwaffle!

    I just like that word.

  19. Holy Crap! I never thought I would see the UN more in line with reality than one of our own political partys.

    *boggle*

  20. Don’t worry my friends in another year and a half

    it will be Morning in America again. (ie after Hillary gets elected).

    TW: Just like we were87 all over again.

  21. Don’t worry my friends in another year and a half

    it will be Morning in America again. (ie after Hillary gets elected).

    TW: Just like we were87 all over again.

    Posted by tblMark | permalink

    on 06/15 at 08:51 PM

    Now I threw-up in my mouth a little bit…..

  22. Team America is on on Comedy Central, uncensored.

    FU*K YEAH.

  23. Don’t worry my friends in another year and a half

    it will be Mourning in America again. (ie after Hillary gets elected).

    TW: Just like we were87 all over again.

    Posted by tblMa

    There. Fixed it for ya.

  24. And Al Jazeera is reporting the story straight.

  25. How sad is it when the frickin’ UN is more convinced of the necessity of a US force presence in Iraq than our own Democratic leaders in Congress?

    Hell, how sad is it when the President of France is more pro-American than any of the Democrats running for president here?

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