WASHINGTON (AP) – Democrats plan to push legislation this spring that would force the Iraqi government  to spend its own surplus in oil revenues to rebuild the country, sparing U.S. dollars .The legislation follows a recommendation by Gen. David Petraeus, the top U.S. commander in Iraq, that the Bush administration halt troop withdrawals in July. Petraeus on Wednesday was wrapping up two days of congressional testimony in which he has said security gains in the war zone are too fragile to promise further drawdowns.
Sen. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee , said pausing troop reductions would signal to the Iraqis that the United States was committed to the war indefinitely.
“Rather, we need to put continuous and increasing pressure on the Iraqis to settle their political differences, to pay for their own reconstruction with their oil windfalls, and to take the lead in conducting military operations,” said Levin, D-Mich.
Hmmm. Aside from any other consideration, wasn’t Levin one of the ones charging that we were only in Iraq for the oil, and that was an evil thing? No blood for oil was the chant.
Now, they complain we’re not moving fast enough to grab the oil?