The political and military change of direction is having some MAJOR good results this week. None of which you will hear pass through Katie Couric’s lips.
The Iraqi Cabinet approved a long-awaited draft oil law on Monday, sending it to parliament for consideration, the prime minister said, calling the agreement “another founding stone in state-building.”
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government had promised a new oil law by the end of 2006 but missed the deadline due to objections from the Kurds, and it faced pressure from the Bush administration to come through. Many of Iraq’s vast oil reserves can be found in the Kurdish north and the Shiite south, and the Kurds wanted a greater role in awarding contracts and administering the revenues.
Al-Maliki said Monday’s agreement was an important step toward encouraging investment in the country’s battered oil industry.
“This law will guarantee for Iraqis, not just now but for future generations too, complete national control over this natural wealth,” Oil Minister Hussain al-Shahristani said.
Iraq’s prime minister said Saturday he will reshuffle his Cabinet within two weeks and pursue criminal charges against political figures linked to extremists as a sign of his government’s resolve to restore stability during the U.S.-led security crackdown in Baghdad.
US Troops Enter Sadr City – MSNBC
Hundreds of U.S. soldiers entered the Shiite stronghold of Sadr City on Sunday in the first major push into the area since an American-led security sweep began last month around Baghdad.
Soldiers conducted house-to-house searches through the densely populated grid of squat two- and three-story buildings, but met no resistance in a district firmly in the hands of the Mahdi Army militia led by the radical cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, said Lt. Col. David Oclander.
Maj. Gen. William Caldwell, a U.S. military spokesman, told Al-Arabiya television U.S. officials spoke daily with community leaders in Sadr City before entering the stronghold.
Wow… it is really too bad that the majority party controlling Congress is so invested in creating American defeat. Otherwise, they’d be issuing press release after press release this week praising the progress in Iraq. But we know what Queen Pelosi and her supporters really wants — America to fail.