09 March 2008

Iraq News (9 Mar)

The Good: Turkey and Iraq have stated that they will have long-lasting diplomatic and economic ties following a visit by Iraq's President Talabani to Turkey. Iraq's Kurdish President even stated that they were united against the terrorist group, the PKK. Lt. Col. Nagl, of COIN-related fame, has an Op-Ed in the Washington Post about creating an Adviser Corps and working with other countries in the international endeavor to eradicate Islamic extremism. Worth a read.
The Bad: One US soldier has been killed in Diyala province, while a mass grave of badly decomposed corpses has been located, also in Diyala. Iraqi women are protesting on the occasion of International Women's Day due to the violence directed against them. Likewise, down south in Basra, Iraqis are protesting the pisspoor security situation.
The Ugly: Sen. Carl Levin (D-MI) wants to investigate why Iraqis aren't spending their own money generated from oil exports on reconstruction and services. I'd imagine corruption has something to do with it, and also the fact that Iraqi professionals are targeted by militias and terrorists and have fled the country en masse...oh yeah, and Paul Bremer dismantled the entire Iraqi bureaucracy under the CPA. The decline in violence should provide an opportunity for better spending of oilbucks by the central government in Baghdad, but I'm not holding my breath. Call me a skeptic. I have more faith in Iraqi small businesses jumpstarting the economy in this country.

Sen. Levin (D-MI) wants Iraqis to spend their own money and acknowledge the awesomeness of his comb-over

6 comments:

Kate said...

i hate to leave this on such a serious post, but you sir, have great taste as well.

LT Nixon said...

Kate,

I have much less serious posts. Please feel free to look around. Thanks for coming by!

Jason said...

Levin's comb over IS awesome. I am also allowed to access blogger now. Crazy niprnet.

LT Nixon said...

Jason,

I'm still waiting for The Onion to be unblocked!

FbL said...

I'm usually more polite than this, but...

Levin is an idiot. And I can say that as someone who probably knows a whole lot more about the Iraqi economy than Levin (which in itself is a terrible and sad thing, as I don't know all that much).

LT Nixon said...

FbL,

I read your interview with Amb. Ries about the economic woes of Iraq. You seem to know your stuff.