Midday: Iraq war politics and Stephen Breyer
Posted at 9:17 AM on July 11, 2007 by Bill Wareham (1 Comments)
At 11 a.m., Gary Eichten's guest Steven Smith of Washington University in St. Louis will discuss the role of Congress in the conduct of the Iraq war. President Bush asked Congress to wait for the September report from General Patraeus. Congress again started debate on Iraq Tuesday.
At noon, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, speaking at the Aspen Ideas Festival.
Mr. Bush calls Iraq "weak" because it hesitates to sign the oil law. What he does not say is that the law covers far more than revenue sharing. It gives multinational oil companies 25-30 year leases on most of Iraq's oil fields giving them 75% of profits, no requirement to hire Iraqis or use Iraqi vendors, no requirement to invest a penny in Iraq's economy. "Consultants" (oil lobbyists, I would guess) helped design these agreements BEFORE THE INVASION.
Without these agreements, Iraq would sign the oil law in a minute. Most members of Congress seem not to know they exist.
Posted by Bernice | July 11, 2007 11:16 AM