Iraqi Leaders Denounce Congressional Delegation After One Member Suggests Iraq Should Help Pay War Expenses

Many of us have been objecting for years that we are closing down essential programs and selling off public lands on the state and federal level while we gush billions to fund wars like the one in Iraq — an oil rich country. The Iraqis, however, have called for billing the United States for damage to their country from the war. When Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, a Republican from California, went to Iraq with a delegation he caused a diplomatic incident when he politely suggested that Iraq might want to pay some of the costs back now that it is again selling oil at record high prices. The response was a statement from the government that the entire delegation was not welcomed in the country after making such a “stupid” proposal.

Of course, it was not stupid to spend hundreds of billions and sacrifice so many young Americans. Instead, officials again demanded that the United States pay damages to Iraq and emphasized that they did not want the war and did not approve of the way the United States has acted in their country. Of course, the Obama Administration is now indicating that Iraq needs us to remain and that we would seriously consider keeping troops after the proposed date of withdrawal set by Bush. Obama previously renamed combat troops to suggest a withdrawal from the war.

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh responded angrily to the suggestion that we were there to help them and should be compensated: “We as a government reject such statements, and we have informed the American embassy that these congressmen are not welcome in Iraq,”

The head of the Iraqi parliament’s foreign affairs committee, Humam Hmoudi, said suggestions that Iraq should bear such costs are “stupid” and “provokes us and the Iraqi people.” Legislator Etab al-Douri was equally incensed and said “we are the ones who should ask for compensation and not them, and we demand the occupiers to withdraw now.” Of course, the Obama Administration is insisting that we remain and continue to bear the entire bill for our defense of the Iraqi people.

Ambassador James F. Jeffrey reacted to the scandal by distancing the Administration from such comments and reminding the Iraqi people that these congressmen do not speak for the country.

Source: Politico

Jonathan Turley

61 thoughts on “Iraqi Leaders Denounce Congressional Delegation After One Member Suggests Iraq Should Help Pay War Expenses”

  1. Mike Spindell:

    “Your great free marketeers destroyed trolley lines, gas turbine (1950′s) car engines, electric (1990′s) car engines and many other things that would have improved transportation and cut down on our oil dependence”

    Puzzling spoke about this in another thread. Apparently, at least in LA, the city government had a good deal of input in the dismantling of the existing rail system.

  2. Although I am hardly an expert on international law, I believe that the traditional concept of the law of conquest has lost much of its rigor since the advent of the UN and treaty law. We should also remember that the invasion of Iraq was undertaken pursuant to authorizing UN resolutions, and had to be conducted in accordance with the Geneva Convention and the law of occupation. Of course, we know that we violated our treaty obligations in some respects, and probably violated them in many respects. The UN has a tendency to look away when the US is the actor.

    We see the same thing in the case of Libya. It is clear that we have exceeded the scope of our authority under the UN resolution permitting military action to protect civilians since the project has been transformed into forced removal of the existing government.

    In any event, the comments by Rep. Rohrabacher are absurd.

  3. Woosty

    i was being sarcastic

    the fact that bush/cheney said before the invasion that oil money would pay it isn’t relevant. it wasn’t their money to spend.

  4. pete
    1, June 13, 2011 at 5:39 pm
    to the victors go the spoils
    ….
    —————————————
    there was no victor here….this was a break and enter. The thief was observed.
    Am I the only 1 here that see’s that?

  5. Invade a country and kill its people and then ask for payment for the unwanted invasion. That does sound like a Teapublican talking point. Only the Right can claim that we should be paid for killing hundreds of thousands Iraqis when we were the intruder. I have to agree with Mike A. that the right of conquest does not or should not apply here. We have assisted the Iraqis with establishing their own “democracy” so aren’t we admitting that we are not invoking the right of conquest?

  6. to the victors go the spoils

    worked for the 19th century and ww1 (aka the great war)

  7. mespo727272
    1, June 13, 2011 at 3:16 pm
    Though illegaly obtained in my view, what price should the Iraqi’s pay for their freedom from a ruthless dictator? Looks like gratitude is off the table. Is freedom free?

    —————————
    are you KIDDING????!

    I have no right but do
    let me clean up what they mayt say…DON’T DO US ANY FAVORS!!!!!!!

    Iraq has been blown back to the stone age…we have ASSURED that they will HAVE to re-inure thier most recent and slavish history. According to those who believe we should charge them for our ‘graciousness’….well, that makes us the new Saddam….and from what hear, we are doing an admirable job of filling his shoes…….starting with Iraq, slipping into Abu Graib….where does the slide end????????

  8. Two stories from Yahoo News nine days ago:

    “5 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Baghdad Rocket Attack”

    “Families Say Goodbye to Soldiers Heading to Iraq”
    This story is about the deployment of 1,300 Kentucky National Guard troops to Iraq, the largest deployment of KY Guardsmen since World War II. The unit being deployed is the 149th Maneuver Enhancement Brigade-(you can’t make this stuff up!) (Does this mean there are 148 other Maneuver Enhancement Brigades?)
    Anyway, the moral of the 2 stories is, as a wise man once said, “It ain’t over ’till it’s over”.
    I hope we leave the world’s biggest embassy in good condition when…if we leave. When the new “Strong Man” takes over, he is going to want a nice place to live.

  9. mespo:

    I don’t believe the right of conquest has ever been invoked in our dealings with the Iraqis subsequent to the overthrow of Saddam Hussein. If that were the basis of our claims, we would have simply taken possession of the oil fields and begun pumping the stuff into tankers.

  10. Mike A:

    “I am unaware of any principle of law pursuant to which I may burn down your house without your consent, rebuild it and impose liability against you for the reconstruction costs.”

    ***************

    It’s a little dusty as a concept, but it’s the right of conquest.

  11. Though illegaly obtained in my view, what price should the Iraqi’s pay for their freedom from a ruthless dictator? Looks like gratitude is off the table. Is freedom free?

  12. Woosty’s still a Cat : “many of us continue to protest…and continue to pay for our ‘American’ behavior….”

    Some of us, yes. Enough…we’ll see.

  13. I am unaware of any principle of law pursuant to which I may burn down your house without your consent, rebuild it and impose liability against you for the reconstruction costs.

  14. Swarthmore,
    I hope Trump jumps back in because he is such an idiot, it would guarantee a Dem victory.
    I was happy to see the Iraqi’s tell Rep. Rohrabacher where to take a hike. Just who invaded who? Since when do invaders ask for reparations?

  15. Trump is still considering a run as an independent. In 2008, the independents voted for Obama. In 2010, they leaned tea party republican. Who knows about 2012?

  16. Les-
    I am with you. I used to be a democrat but am now an independent.. I realized that if I was anti-war I wouldn’t be able to vote republican or democrat.
    Trying to have Iraq pay for the war is like asking the relatives of an innocent victim to pay the police officer who shot their loved one. It is insanity.
    The dem’s and the repub’s are two sides of the same coin. They kill indiscriminately- without cause and without remorse.

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