Frank26: On last MONDAY’S CC we SHARED IMO ………………. The USA told Iraq …………… Dump Iran.

Now ………….. Who gives Iraq Power in all things? USA.

Does Iran Government want to DEAL with the USA ? Nope.

Do Iran Citizens feel jealous that Iraqi Citizens are better off than they are due to their relationship with USA? Yup.

Solution for Iran Citizens?

Exactly what they are doing in the streets of Iran. (see video below)

Fascinating ……………. From Infidel Fools ………….. To their Solution.

UNITED States of America …………………. UNITY States of M.E.


Don961:  Khamenei weeps as the wind of revolution blows in Iran

March 18 2017 02:56 PM





Frank26:  Between You and i DOC …………………….. Iran is the ugliest girl at the prom right now.

If she can learn to smile …………. Their politics will continue but her financial reform may kick in by the end of this year.

All IMO.

IMO ……….. We can work with them ……… Later………… As long as N. Korea does not become a priority to us.


Crxtcm:  Analysis:  What factors behind Abadi’s coming visit to US?

March 19, 2017 – 2:17 PM News

(AhlulBayt News Agency) – The Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is set to visit Washington on March 20 to meet US President Donald Trump. Al-Abadi’s trip to the US comes after an official White House invitation, and is the first one made by a West Asian country leader to Washington after Trump assumed the office in late January this year.

The visit follows a set of Iraqi-American officials’ meetings, including between al-Abadi and Mike Pence, the US vice-president, on the sidelines of the Munich Security Conference held on 19-21 February this year and also a surprise visit to Baghdad of the US Secretary of Defense James Mattis on February 21.

What is behind the visit?

As an answer to the question, three main elements are making up the possible goals of the Iraqi leader’s March 20 meeting with President Trump of the US.

1. Demonstrating US good-faith intentions towards Iraq

Just contrary to analyses by some political experts who argue that Syria is a special point of obsession of the Trump’s administration in the West Asian region, the Trump advisors’ approaches apparently show that Iraq is the major point of focus of the new White House leadership. Trump and his West Asia advisors argue that the US during time of the former administrations of President George W. Bush and Barack Obama paid a high price on Iraq without making any gains in return.

Trump in a Twitter post in the past said: “USA should take oil from Iraq in repayment for their liberation.” Also he in another comment said: “If we kept the (Iraqi) oil, you probably wouldn’t have ISIS because that’s where they made their money in the first place, so we should have kept the oil, but, OK, maybe we’ll have another chance.”

Trump’s comments raised the hackles of the Iraqi officials. Haider al-Abadi during his weekly press conference on January 24, rushed to express his strong disapproval of any foreign greed for his country’s oil, saying that he could not understand if Trump regretted the 2003 US decline to control the Iraqi oil or he blamed Washington for failure to protect the Iraqi oil facilities against the ISIS terrorist group’s seizure. The Iraqi premier added that the Iraqi oil constitutionally is for the Iraqi people and no foreign party can call for control of this country’s energy reserves.

Trump’s remarks primarily sent wrong signals to the Iraqi officials, making them suspicious of his intentions towards Iraq. The concerns even intensified when Trump in his January 28 first executive order on travel ban under slogan “protecting America from foreign terrorists” put Iraq in the list of the seven predominantly Muslim countries whose citizens were denied US entry for 90 days. Although the ban was suspended in action by a federal judge, Al-Abadi during talks with James Mattis and Mike Pence criticized the Iraq’s inclusion in the Trump’s travel ban list.

However, in new Trump travel ban order issued on March 6, Iraq’s name was eliminated from the list. This move, the analysts maintain, indicated that the American leader took the advice of his aides who told him to built trust with Iraq. In next step, as part of the trust-building measures, White House invited Iraq’s al-Abadi for official US visit. The whole process makes it clear that Washington wants to expand American influence in Iraq. American leaders have learned well that to this end they should display their good-faith intentions to the Iraqi leaders. This takes the US to appease PM al-Abadi as a tenable and acceptable Iraqi figure for the Americans.

2. Expanding military presence in Iraq in opposition to Iranian influence

Trump administration’s most focused concern which is well underscored by his West Asia advisors, including Walid Phares from Lebanese descent, is the need to confront growing Iran sway in West Asia in general and in Iraq in particular. US political and military leaders believe that after US military withdrawal in 2011, Iraq became a scene for implementation of Iran’s regional policies. They also think that especially after rise of ISIS terrorist organization in Iraq in 2014, Iran developed to become a top actor with big sway in Iraq. They see a need to stage some effective policies to deter further Iranian influence while the anti-ISIS battle in Iraq is approaching its final steps.

These ideas are apparently reflected by the American politicians’ comments. This issue was also a negotiated topic during meeting of the defense secretary with Iraq’s PM. All in all, Trump and his team of advisors struggle to get the idea across to the Iraqi leaders that Washington strongly opposes Tehran’s Iraq influence. Even more, they seek notifying al-Abadi that any continuation of US-Iraq cooperation might come under the condition of the Iraqi consideration of the American worries about the Iranian role and clout in Iraq.

The status of Mosul after liberation from ISIS is also expected to be topic for the American discussion with the Iraqi PM during his anticipated Washington visit. The key expectation of President Trump from the Iraqi leader is green light for further American forces deployment to Iraq. Qayyara air base, also called Qayyara Airfield West in southern Mosul the capital of Nineveh province, is possibly the main military base that will be subject to American bargaining with Iraq’s PM for later US troops dispatch.

Indeed, Americans aim to on the one hand want to give a tangible face to their military presence in Iraq and on the other hand curb further Iranian influence in this country. The experts doubt that the Iran-related American goal in Iraq is achievable, arguing that the Islamic Republic’s weight in Iraq is soft and spiritual rather than hard and force-based.

3. Securing US support for Iraq

Having in mind that the war and crisis-hit Iraq is desperately in need of other countries’ cooperation and financial aids for reconstruction and recovery from the devastation, seeking US backing, in all financial and technical levels, is one of the drives behind Al-Abadi’s visit to Washington for the post-ISIS period. He knows that Trump strives after Iraq influence and pushing the rivals back in Iraq. This will provide the PM with a bargaining chip to offer to the White House administration in return for Washington’s aids for Iraq’s reconstruction once the terrorist group is obliterated in the country.

Another aim behind the PM’s US trip is linked to Iraq’s domestic political rivalry and battle. He is optimistic to keep post by attracting the US and some regional sides like Saudi Arabia’s support. Al-Abadi’s is well aware that not only in Iraq but also inside his Islamic Dawa Party he lacks a stable position and supportive voices. Therefore, he runs a calculated bargaining process with the US in quest for American voice of support for his stay in power.



Don961:  in the process of cleaning up the corruption in Commerce …. referring all cases found to the judiciary … and eventually returning pilfered funds to the treasury …. it was rampant … they could just throw up their hands , give up , and just let it continue …. or do something ….but has to be begin somewhere/sometime … bless their efforts … IMO


March 19, 2017Iraq News , The Latest News

On Trade: The Administrative And Financial Files Of Corruption Has Become One Of The Last Closed

The Commerce Department said that the financial and administrative corruption You become part of the past.

According to a ministry statement received by Iraqi transmitter Network (IBN) “we have facing corruption strong will through the efforts carried out by the Office of the Inspector General of regulatory and other departments and referred dozens of files to the Iraqi judiciary issued definitive decisions against the accused according to the law and the evidence presented.”

He pointed out that “talking about corruption files at the ministry’s companies became part of the past after the ministry conducted a large number of administrative mechanisms identified under mafias corruption and referred to the judiciary, which issued a number of decisions as well as a number of changes in public departments and divisions and subjecting candidates for positions of responsibility to Posting integrity and experience. ”

He continued that “talking about corrupted files carries the character of victimization on the Angels, which now operates under complex conditions and the lack of financial allocations due to the financial crisis experienced by the country, which forced them self to rely on many of the joints work through volunteer work or through individual and Society initiatives “.

The statement noted that “the Ministry of Commerce has seen for the past three years to a major campaign in the face of corruption involving the Commission on Public Integrity and the Office of the Inspector General, who made great efforts to lay hands on a lot of corrupt files and referred to investigations integrity and the judiciary, which has issued a series of resolutions as well as operations audit all previous files, which ended squatters on the kinks and the eradication of financial irregularities and return the money to the public treasury operation unabated to detect cases of dysfunction and corruption through audits and wide. ”

He explained that “the rhetoric of some politicians comes in the framework of propaganda and media practice to mislead public opinion, especially since the Ministry of Trade more ministries and the interface of financial and administrative corruption through the assignment of a lot of files to investigations of integrity and elimination as well as the coordination mechanisms between the Office of the Inspector General and the Integrity Commission to confront the hotbeds of corruption and eradicated in this corresponds to a radical with administrative measures taken by the ministry in a comprehensive change of the leaders of public administrations and the joints of the sections and the people in all the work of the ministry centers. ”



Don961:  Sound bite seems to say Abadi feels 2 years is long enough … time for this all to come to a conclusion … and a reconstruction …  Don’t think Abadi will suffer the humiliation he felt from the diss seen round the world the last time he was in the presence of a US President …  IMO

Abadi, before heading to Washington: Iraqis have spent over two years on Daesh

30 minutes ago



Oil Minister Ali Jabbar Hussein Allaibi ministry’s keenness to reshape the national oil company, and its importance in the development of the oil industry in Iraq, came after the cabinet approval of the draft decision to reshape the company and sent to the House of Representatives for discussion and approval.

He Allaibi, on Sunday, in a statement received by Iraqi transmitter Network (IBN), “The ministry has paid great attention to the re-activation and the formation of the national oil company, where she has worked since the six months to prepare a new draft was sent to the cabinet where they were voted on at the last meeting Council and forwarded to the House of Representatives for approval. ”

He said, “The company did not repeal the law, but was attached to the Ministry of Oil in 1986, according to Resolution 126, and that the draft, which was sent to the House of Representatives recently included the re-formation of the national oil company.”

The minister said that “the ministry aims to restructure and regulate the ministry work of several steps Perhaps the most important reshape the national oil company, on the basis of solid and in line with increased production and export rates and the development of infrastructure and raise the efficiency and performance to be one of the leading regional companies in the world.”

“The ministry is working to establish a national gas company and national refineries, and that these steps are designed to regulate oil and gas wealth management in the country and identify the tasks and responsibilities of each party.”

It is noteworthy that the National Oil Company was founded in 1962 and was one of the region’s leading companies and the world.


Walkingstick:  This… is on the table

Frank26:  I KNOW !!!   Gotta LOVE it !!!

Why?   Cause it will open the Budget soon……….. And IMO they both will require a new rate. IMO.


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