• Iraq to US: Drop Dead

    June 10, 2011

    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Iraq, Military

    Looks like the State Department has more to worry about in Iraq than some blogger, as it characterizes a visiting Congressman’s comments while on a official visit representing the United States as merely his “own opinion.” These private opinion remarks came as part of an official delegation, sponsored and paid for the US Government.

    Nonetheless, Reuters reports that Iraq said on Friday a visiting US Congress delegation was “not welcome” in the country, citing reports its leader called on Baghdad to pay compensation to Washington for years of war since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion. Iraqi officials said Republican congressman Dana Rohrabacher told reporters during a visit on Friday that Baghdad should repay billions of dollars Washington had spent on the Iraq war.

    Iraqi government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Rohrabacher’s reported comments were “irresponsible”. “Those people are not welcome in Iraq. They are asking for compensation for the war and we are not committed to pay anything to any of the people who participated in the invasion of Iraq.”

    He added he had called the US Embassy in Iraq when he learned of the congressman’s comments but was told by the embassy that Rohrabacher’s statement represented his own opinion and not the official position of the United States.

    The official position of the United States is left unspoken here, but presumably is that we pay for our own invasions.

    Iraqi authorities asked for a US congressman to leave the country, which is no way to treat a conqueror.

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