The prime minister returned to Baghdad from Mosul — where he has been overseeing the crackdown — to meet with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who made a surprise visit to Iraq on Saturday.
Pelosi, a top Democratic critic of the U.S.-led war in Iraq, expressed confidence that expected provincial elections will promote national reconciliation.
She welcomed Iraq’s progress in passing a budget as well as oil legislation, and a bill paving the way for the provincial elections in the fall that are expected to more equitably redistribute power among local officials.
“We’re assured the elections will happen here, they will be transparent, they will be inclusive and they will take Iraq closer to the reconciliation we all want it to have,” said Pelosi.
Military progress from the change of direction to counter-insurgency strategy as well and the political change it’s bringing about is so undeniable now that even people who support the troops but not their efforts, people who want success but oppose the war can no longer ignore the fact.
Tragedy! There’s success in Iraq. OH NO! Question: why is that a bad thing/why oppose it?