Reader Dan: Iraq Wants Us Out
Reader Dan sends in a post on Iraq (slightly edited)….
On Tuesday, without note in the U.S. media, more than half of the members of Iraq’s parliament rejected the continuing occupation of their country. 144 lawmakers signed onto a legislative petition calling on the United States to set a timetable for withdrawal, according to Nassar Al-Rubaie, a spokesman for the Al Sadr movement, the nationalist Shia group that sponsored the petition.
It’s a hugely significant development. Lawmakers demanding an end to the occupation now have the upper hand in the Iraqi legislature for the first time; previous attempts at a similar resolution fell just short of the 138 votes needed to pass (there are 275 members of the Iraqi parliament, but many have fled the country’s civil conflict, and at times it’s been difficult to arrive at a quorum).
I say it again…we, the US, do not have control. And the press isn’t big on covering on that.
Update (by cactus). In the comments section, two readers (sammy and CoRev) and our resident troll (I’m not sure he’s really “our” troll since he also lurks at some other sites indicate that the story may not be believable. Sammy and CoRev because the story wasn’t reported anywhere but AlterNet. The troll, well, because the troll doesn’t to believe.
Reader mestes points out that the International Herald Tribune is now reporting the same thing.