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Iraqi Reconciliation Made Official

Iraq’s Parliament has passed three laws vital to Iraqi reconciliation—almost simultaneously with this Nancy Pelosi pronouncement on Iraq: “The gains have not produced the desired effect, which is the reconciliation of Iraq. This is a failure. This is a failure.”

The three laws are a law clarifying provincial powers, an amnesty for jailed Iraqis, and the 2008 budget. Not only does this prove Nancy Pelosi (and Hillary and Obama) wrong on the charge of no political progress, but this Iraqi Parliament’s success should serve as a model to Speaker Pelosi and the rest of the all-time-low-rated Democratic Congress. Here’s the New York Times:

Leaders of the blocs — Shiite, Sunni and Kurd — realized that while no one of the laws could pass on its own, together, they offered something for each political constituency. So factions would swallow the measures they liked less in order to get the one they wanted.

One would think the news would put lumps in the throats of Obama’s hope and unity crowd. After all, this is the real world analog to his bottomless rhetoric. But this crucial fulfillment of hope doesn’t fit the Democrats’ failed war platform.

As Adnan Dulaimi, the head of the National Accordance Front said, “The Iraqi Parliament has approved the three laws, and this is the greatest achievement possible for the Iraqi people.” And the Democrats’ worst nightmare.