Because, and it should be extremely clear to everyone know, It's All About Signing the Oil Law.
First up, there was this interesting comment that Iraqi's military was drawing up plans in case US troops left quickly. Could it be that Bush is THREATENING to withdraw troops IN ORDER TO get Iraq to sign that dang oil law? Appears so.
On Monday, Defense Minister Abdul-Qader al-Obeidi told reporters Iraq's military was drawing up plans in case U.S.-led forces left the country quickly.
"The army plans on the basis of a worst-case scenario so as not to allow any security vacuum," al-Obeidi said. "There are meetings with political leaders on how we can deal with a sudden pullout."
It was unclear whether al-Obeidi's comment referred to routine contingency planning or reflected a feeling among Iraqi leaders that the days of U.S. support may be numbered even though U.S. President George W. Bush blocked an effort by Congress to set a withdrawal timetable.
You VILL SIGN ZE OIL LAW-VE VILL GIFF YOU TILL SEPTEMBER.
He said the two talked about political progress in Iraq, and al-Maliki gave Bush updates on two key U.S. demands -- legislation to share Iraq's oil wealth among its regions and ethnic groups and a reform of the constitution.
But two senior Iraqi officials told The Associated Press that Bush warned al-Maliki that Washington expected to see "tangible results quickly" on the oil bill and other legislation as the price for continued support.
The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not supposed to release the information.
In London, a senior U.S. official echoed that warning, saying the Bush administration wanted signs of progress by fall or it would be forced to reconsider its policy in Iraq.
Now, I think a lot of us have always thought that the whole *We're Bringing Democracy to Iraq* was just a Song and Dance to cover the Bush administration's real agenda to take over Iraq's oil. And that's JUST WHAT Iraq thinks, too.
Senior Kurdish lawmaker Mahmoud Othman confirmed that U.S. pressure was mounting, especially on the oil bill, which was endorsed by the Iraqi Cabinet three months ago but has yet to come to the floor of parliament.
"The Americans are pressuring us to accept the oil law. Their pressure is very strong. They want to show Congress that they have done something so they want the law to be adopted this month. This interference is negative and will have consequences," Othman told AP.
So... Congress is in on this, too? Is that the reason the Democrats are dragging their feet about getting out of Iraq? They want the oil law passed, too, but they don't want to tell their angry constituents WHO VOTED FOR THEM TO GET OUT????? Notice that Othman says that this is *interference* by the United States.
Notice also the different realities of how this is presented. I mean, Iraqis are very clear that they are being threatened to sign the oil law, with a premise, NOT to show the American people that they signed it, but Congress. Amounts to Bush bullies trying to push around the Iraq *democracy* because we're spending money to get our own way, and demmit, the Iraqis are taking our money but not coughing over the oil. (Not a Democratic process, is it, when you have to bribe people with wads of money but they still won't play ball. )
P.S. I'd be pretty happy for us to LEAVE, Let Iraq keep their own oil (I mean, isn't it THEIR country????) or do whatever they want to signing-wise, and for us to quit subsidizing this country WE invaded.