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Meanwhile, in Iraq (you remember that place, don’t you?)
Posted by: McQ on Friday, December 14, 2007

Another sign of progress:
Iraqi oil production is above the levels seen before the US-led invasion of the country in 2003, according to the International Energy Agency (IEA).

The IEA said Iraqi crude production is now running at 2.3 million barrels per day, compared with 1.9 million barrels at the start of this year.

It puts the rise down to the improving security situation in Iraq, especially in the north of the country.
Of course there will be a portion of the country which will view this as negative news, not positive. Most of them will be found on a particular extreme of a particular party. And, for the most part, they'll ignore it.
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Now that the oil production is up, can we finally start stealing it? That’s the only reason we went there, right?

Written By: Steverino
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but it does bring up an interesting point:

not that oil production is up, can they start shouldering a larger monetary burden for this war?
Written By: Joel C.
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Now that oil production is up it merely highlights the foolishness of the whole adventure...had we simply lifted the sanctions this level of production wuld have been reached YEARS ago! I think a quick pass by the gas pump will demonstrate the folly of this Neo-Con Social Engineering experiment and highlight our decline...Remember "Decline" is the new "quagmire" no post is complete unless we refer to "decline."
Written By: Joe
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It’s about time we got about the business of stealing their oil.
Written By: Neo
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That’s right Neo. Time to initiate Phase II of Operation Kick Their A$$ and Take Their Gas.
Written By: Jeff
Utter failure ... no argument ... decline ... Europeans better ... Bush incompetent ... Shia, Sunni, fight forever ... partition and pull out ... no metrics .......

Well, no one from the usual crowd has shown up to fill in the usual boilerplate, and the thread just seemed incomplete without it.
Written By: Billy Hollis
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yup. Where’s Erb and glasnost and that other idiot?
Written By: Joel. C.
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Which other idiot, Joel? There are so many of them.
Written By: Steverino
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Boy, those four years just flew on by. Heckuva job, Brownies!

Memory lane...

When Administration officials stopped being vague, they started being unrealistic. On March 27, eight days into combat, members of the House Appropriations Committee asked Paul Wolfowitz for a figure. He told them that whatever it was, Iraq’s oil supplies would keep it low. "There’s a lot of money to pay for this," he said. "It doesn’t have to be U.S. taxpayer money. We are dealing with a country that can really finance its own reconstruction, and relatively soon." On April 23 Andrew Natsios, of USAID, told an incredulous Ted Koppel, on Nightline, that the total cost to America of reconstructing Iraq would be $1.7 billion. Koppel shot back, "I mean, when you talk about one-point-seven, you’re not suggesting that the rebuilding of Iraq is gonna be done for one-point-seven billion dollars?" Natsios was clear: "Well, in terms of the American taxpayers’ contribution, I do; this is it for the U.S. The rest of the rebuilding of Iraq will be done by other countries who have already made pledges ... But the American part of this will be one-point-seven billion dollars. We have no plans for any further-on funding for this.
Utter failure ... no argument ... decline ... Europeans better ... Bush incompetent ... Shia, Sunni, fight forever ... partition and pull out ... no metrics .......
Actually, d*ck-swinging shadowboxing with the conveniently cariactured stand-ins who live inside some folks’ heads is the real usual boilerplate around here. If they can’t be bothered to play, you color them in anyway..
Written By: glasnost
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Joel C - The other idiot finally showed up! Took you a while there Glassy!
Written By: SShiell
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