Crocker to Clinton: Thanks for the blank check!

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from the WaPo transcript:

CLINTON: With respect to our long-term challenges, Ambassador Crocker, the administration has announced that it will negotiate an agreement with the government of Iraq by the end of July that would provide the legal authorities for U.S. troops to continue to conduct operations in Iraq.

Let me ask you: Do you anticipate that the Iraqi government would submit such an agreement to the Iraqi parliament for ratification?

U.S. AMBASSADOR TO IRAQ RYAN CROCKER: The Iraqi government has indicated it will bring the agreement to the Council of Representatives. At this point, it is not clear, at least to me, whether that will be for a formal vote or whether they will repeat the process they used in November with the declaration of principles, in which it was simply read to the members of the parliament.

CLINTON: Does the administration plan to submit this agreement to our Congress?

CROCKER: At this point, Senator, we do not anticipate that the agreements will have within them any elements that would require the advise-and-consent procedure. We intend to negotiate this as an executive agreement.

(@ 4:04)



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  2. It was Biden who stole this line of questioning. When he said, You will need to do more than submit this plan to Congress. You will need Congressional permission.” Brilliant!


    April 9, 2008 at 12:12 am

  3. Thanks. There’s no way I can tolerate sitting through these dog and pony shows. I caught a reference to it on the radio and couldn’t pass up the blatant ‘executive dictatorship’ arrogance.

    Altho Biden may have scored a charming sound bite, that’s as far as it’s going. gotta’ keep up appearances. and then there’s that all-important Fund Raising… can’t jeopardize that. When the next war funding bill comes along, all that bluster will long be gone, and Joe, and all the rest of the “majority” will stick their tails between their legs and vote for death to more brown people and long live the empire.

    and thanks for stopping in. I’ll have to drop by your blog and say hi.
    ; )


    April 9, 2008 at 1:14 am

  4. she can’t be to harsh on him, she might need him when she invades Africa.


    April 9, 2008 at 6:54 pm

  5. that’s funny, I was thinking that same thing during the above reply last night. πŸ˜€
    she knows damn well how the game is played in putting on a front for the cameras, to manipulate public opinion and gain support, while hiding the bag of lies under the desk.


    April 9, 2008 at 7:14 pm

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