U.S. Backs 'Painful' Amnesty
The Bush administration is pressing the Iraqi government of Nouri al-Maliki to issue a "broad" and "painful" amnesty for insurgents in spite of intense opposition to the proposal from politicians both in Iraq and the US, according to a senior administration official.This proposal, which the Iraq government first brought up to wild disapproval from Congress in June, would include amnesty for fighters who have attacked and killed U.S. troops.
I'm not saying it's wrong or even a bad idea. It's just interesting to note how this stance directly contradicts the bluster that comes out of the White House on the Iraq war. How can we both "take the fight to the terrorists" and pardon those same terrorists for their crimes against U.S. soldiers and the Iraqi people? That's a question for Dick Cheney.