[Guest post by DRJ]
As usual, there’s good news and bad news from Iraq – but this time there’s a twist and it involves the U.S. Senate.
Last week, the Senate overwhelmingly passed a non-binding resolution sponsored by Sens. Biden and Brownback “that essentially calls for breaking Iraq into three sections: Kurd, Sunni, and Shia.”
Now the AP reports some good news on the military front but bad reviews from Iraqi politicians for the Senate’s non-binding resolution:
“U.S. and Iraqi forces killed more than 60 insurgent and militia fighters in intense battles over the weekend, with most of the casualties believed to have been al-Qaida fighters, officials said Sunday.
The U.S. Embassy, meanwhile, joined a broad swath of Iraqi politicians – both Shiite and Sunni – in criticizing a nonbinding Senate resolution seen here as a recipe for splitting the country along sectarian and ethnic lines.”
Recall that in late August 2007, Gallup reported that Congress’ approval rating was at 18%, the lowest “since Gallup first tracked public opinion of Congress with this measure in 1974″:
“Just 18% of Americans approve of the job Congress is doing, while 76% disapprove, according to the August 13-16, 2007, Gallup Poll.
That 18% job approval rating matches the low recorded in March 1992, when a check-bouncing scandal was one of several scandals besetting Congress, leading many states to pass term limits measures for U.S. representatives (which the Supreme Court later declared unconstitutional). Congress had a similarly low 19% approval rating during the energy crisis in the summer of 1979.”
I don’t know if this non-binding resolution will help or hurt the Senate’s approval ratings but it clearly didn’t boost the impression of the U.S. Senate among Iraqis. Maybe Americans have more in common with Iraqis than some think.