Date registered: Sep 2004
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Taken for suckers again: The Iraq War, a waste of time,a waste of our soldier's lives
What a total, absolute clusterfuck this so-called "government" is. This is what our boys are dying for:
Lawmakers take break ahead of 'surge' report
Iraq parliament to take month of August off even while they have yet to pass key U.S.-backed laws
MSNBC News Services
Updated: 16 minutes ago
BAGHDAD - Iraq's parliament adjourned Monday for an August recess without receiving from the government a series of U.S.-backed draft laws designed to enhance national unity.
Speaker Mahmoud al-Mashhadani closed the three hour session without a quorum present and declared it would not resume work until Sept. 4.
Legislators blamed the government of Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki for failing to construct compromise versions of the key pieces of legislation such as the so-called oil law, designed to ensure a fair distribution of Iraq's considerable oil wealth.
"We were supposed to discuss important issues in the month of July, but we did not. Sitting in August is unconstitutional and even if we sit next month that's no guarantee that the important business will be done," said Mahmoud Othman, a prominent Kurdish lawmaker.
"There are Iraqi-Iraqi and Iraqi-American differences that have not been resolved. The government throws the ball in our court, but we say that it is in the government's court and that of the politicians. They sent us nothing," he said.
The recess means parliament will resume just before U.S. military commander Gen. David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker are due to report back to Congress on the success of this year's "surge" in U.S. troops to Iraq.
A preliminary White House assessment earlier this month faulted Iraqi leaders for failing to enact laws aimed at curbing violence, including measures to distribute oil revenue, hold provincial elections and loosen restrictions on members of Saddam Hussein's Baath party returning to public life.
6 killed in bus bomb
Also Monday, a minibus exploded in a central Baghdad market district, killing at least six people — a brutal reminder of the dangers facing Iraqis who celebrated by the tens of thousands Sunday night after their national team won the prestigious Asian Cup soccer tournament.
At least 31 people were wounded in addition to the six killed, according to the officials who spoke on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to release the information.
The bombing came hours after the expiration of a vehicle ban that had been imposed in the capital and several other cities on Sunday ahead of Iraq's soccer final against Saudi Arabia in the Asian Cup. Iraq won the championship 1-0 and tens of thousands of Iraqis poured into the streets for largely peaceful celebrations as fans welcomed the victory as a show of pride and unity.
The U.S. military also said three soldiers had been killed in fighting in Anbar province west of Baghdad on Thursday. The deaths raised to at least 3,651 members of the U.S. military who have died since the start of the Iraq war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press count.
In other political developments, the largest Sunni Arab bloc said the government's response to its demands and threat to pull out of the Cabinet this week slammed the door to reforms.
The Iraq Accordance Front, which has six Cabinet members and 44 of parliament's 275 seats, has suspended its membership in al-Maliki's government and threatened to quit altogether this week if he doesn't meet certain demands.
The move would plunge the U.S.-backed government deeper into crisis as parliament adjourned without being given legislative measures deemed essential by Washington to promote national unity and stem support for the Sunni-led insurgency.
The government issued a statement last week saying the Accordance Front threat amounted to blackmail and that the Sunni bloc had contributed in creating some of the very policies it now criticized.
The Accordance Front said Monday that al-Maliki does not seem to have any intention of dealing constructively with their demands, which include a pardon for detainees not charged with specific crimes and the disbanding of militias.
"He is simply slamming shut the door for reform, and in the light of that the front will be justified if it goes ahead with its plan to quit the government," it said in a statement.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this repor
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