Thursday, September 23, 2004

Transcript of Iraqi interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi's Speech to Congress 9/23/04......


Well worth the read......Two things I noticed in particular were these two jabs at the media-

On the upcoming Iraqi elections:

Our independent electoral commission is working with the United Nations, the multinational force and our own Iraqi security forces to make these elections a reality. In 15 out of our 18 Iraqi provinces we could hold elections tomorrow. Although this is not what we see in your media, it is a fact.

On the resolution of the stand-off in Najaf-

Together with the coalition partners, Iraqi forces cleaned out insurgents from everywhere in the city, capturing hundreds and killing many more.

At the same time, the government worked with political leaders and with Ayatollah Sistani to find a peaceful solution to the occupation of the shrine. We were successful. The shrine was preserved. Order was restored. And Najaf and Kufa were returned to their citizens.

Today the foreign media have lost interest and left, but millions of dollars in economic aid and humanitarian assistance are now flowing into the cities. Ordinary citizens are once again free to live and worship at these places.

And the killer for Kerry....he wasn't even present to hear the speech. In fact, he was at a firehouse in Ohio during the speech basically calling Allawi a liar...real presidential of you John, real productive too....

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