Aswat Aliraq reports today...
One-sixth of Iraq's residents are displaced inside and outside of the country, UN secretary general's representative, David Shearer, said on Tuesday.
Shearer referred to the necessity of enacted a national policy to deal with this issue.
The Iraqi Minister of Immigration and Emigration said that the national policy aims at finding a permanent solution for emigrants and displaced people's problems.
"Iraq has faced big problems and difficulties, represented by violence and forced displacement, which has resulted in the displacement of one-sixth of Iraq's residents both inside and outside the country," Shearer said in a speech he made during the first conference pertaining to the national policy to treat displacement that was held in Baghdad.
That is a travesty!
In other news...
Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari met Mr. Diaz Brown, British defense minister, in London on Monday 7 July, 2008 and discussed with him the bilateral relations and the future presence of British troops operating in the south of Iraq, Iraqi foreign ministry said on Tuesday.
What seemed odd was there was no mention of a timetable or withdrawal of British troops... Hmmm...!
McCain inserts his foot in his mouth, Again...!
MCCAIN: I’ve received every award from every major veteran’s organization in America. I received every organization in America their awards. … The reason why I have a perfect voting record from organizations like the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the American Legion and all the other veterans service organizations is because of my support of them. […]
VETERAN: You do not have a perfect voting record by the DAV and the VFW. That’s where these votes were recorded. These votes were proposals by your colleagues in the Senate to increase health care of the VA in 2003, 4, 5, and 6 for troops returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. And you voted against those proposals. […]
MCCAIN: I’ve been endorsed in every election by every veterans organization that do that, I’ve been supported by them, and I’ve received their highest awards from all of those organizations. So I guess they don’t know something you know.
Oh, really, McInsane?
McCain has made the exact same claim before — and it is just a false today as it was then. As ThinkProgress documented, McCain’s so-called “perfect” record has been roundly criticized by prominent veterans groups: He received a grade of D from the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America and a 20 percent vote rating from the Disabled Veterans of America; Vietnam Veterans of America noted McCain had “voted against us” in 15 “key votes.”
As for the American Legion and the Veterans of Foreign Wars — with whom McCain claims to have a “perfect voting record” — both groups vigorously supported Sen. Jim Webb’s (D-VA) GI Bill that McCain tirelessly opposed.
I find it ironic that the Nam vets accuse him of voting 15 times against them... Was he even there to cast that many votes...?
(UPDATE)Here's another excellent takedown on McInsane's dismal VA record...
McCain has served his country honorably. No one disputes that. There will be no "Vietnam POWs For Truth" putting out commercials saying "John McCain never served at the Hanoi Hilton. I know. I was there." And unlike George W. Bush, no one on the left is going to accuse him of being a manchurian candidate. Anyone who does will get my boot up their butt.
But if McCain has gotten anything out of his military experience other than a shield for criticism, he should let us know. So far he has refused to do so.
Massive head cold, folks! I apologize for my rambling...!