Henig:  U.S. Senate Votes to Revoke Iraq War Mandate

Agencies – Abu Dhabi

The U.S. Senate has voted overwhelmingly to push through legislation to repeal two decades-old authorizations for two wars in Iraq as Congress seeks to reaffirm its role in deciding to send troops into combat.

The vote ended with 65 to 28, more than the sixty needed in the hundred-member Senate, paving the way for a vote to pass it later this week. All the disapproving votes were members of the Republican Party.

Members of Congress have said for years that Congress has ceded much power to presidents of both parties to send troops into combat by issuing authorizations to wage open wars and then failing to abolish them. Presidents have used these mandates for years to justify military action around the world, they said.

Under the Constitution, Congress, not the president, has the right to declare war.

Proponents of the current bill describe the 1991 and 2002 authorizations for the use of military force against Iraq as dead. They say it is outdated and inappropriate because the wars are long gone and Iraq has become a partner of the United States.

This month marked the 2003th anniversary of the <> Iraq war.

Democratic Senator Bob Menendez, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said before the vote: “Repealing these authorizations will show the region and the world that the United States is not an occupying power, that the Iraq war is over, that we are moving forward and working with Iraq as a strategic partner.”   LINK


Clare:  The Prime Minister and the Saudi Crown Prince affirm the continuation of mutual cooperation in various fields


The Prime Minister, Muhammad Shia’a Al-Sudani, and the Saudi Crown Prince, Muhammad bin Salman, affirmed the continuation of mutual cooperation in various fields and economic and investment sectors.

And the media office of the Prime Minister stated, in a statement received by the Iraqi News Agency (INA), that “Prime Minister Muhammad Shia’ al-Sudani received this evening, Monday, a phone call from the Crown Prince of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Prince Muhammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, and witnessed the call. Exchanging congratulations on the occasion of the blessed month of Ramadan, and praying to God Almighty to return it to the two countries and the Arab and Islamic nation with abundance of goodness and prosperity.

He added, “During the call, they discussed bilateral relations between the two countries, and ways to develop them, and discussed a number of regional and international issues of common concern, as well as an emphasis on continuing mutual cooperation, in various fields and economic and investment sectors, within the framework of the Iraqi-Saudi Coordination Council, in a way that contributes to Raising the level of relations, achieving the interests of the peoples of the two countries and their aspirations for more stability and development. LINK



Mnt Goat   Article:  “PARLIAMENTARY WEALTH: ALL ROADS ARE OPEN TO PASSING THE OIL LAW IN PARLIAMENT”  Quote:  “A member of the Oil, Gas and Natural Resources Committee, Kazem Al-Tooki, revealed that there are parliamentary efforts to pass the oil and gas law soon, indicating that all roads are clear towards passing the law.”  This article is music to me when I read it…Yes we waiting so long to see this. Finally!!! Go RV!

Frank26  [Iraq boots-on-the-ground report]   FIREFLY:  I went to go see my [bank] friend and he says with the dollar gone from ATM machines very soon we will have to see value more.  And the lower notes and the fils, without these it will lead to hyper-inflation.  The point has been set.  Looks like soon more greater news is coming.  FRANK:  That’s exactly right.  This last week of March may be very explosive as they give you the final definitions and instructions of the monetary reform.  Next Monday is when I hope they will show you your new national currency with value and the coins…I’m excited about what they are now telling you and showing you.

March 28, 2023

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