Iraq's parliament petitions for American withdrawal
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.The Iraqi population has been against the occupation for some time now, but this is the first time the parliament has expressed anti-occupation sentiments.
In the second item, Keith Olbermann covers the meeting between Bush's inner circle and 11 Republican congresspeople trying to get him to come to grips with reality (or at least the political reality) of the Iraq mess. He plays a segment where Tim Russert says the following:
Russert: The Republican Congressmen then went on to say: "The word about the war and its progress cannot come from the White House or even you, Mr. President. There's no longer any credibility. It has to come from General Petraeus."Maybe this is all Republican political kabuki, and who knows whether any message will get through Bush's wall of denial. But the pressure does seem to be mounting. After 4 years of this debacle, it's long past due.