Breaking: Senate Republicans right about something in Iraq!

This morning, the Washington Post reported that Iraqi officials, hoping to bring insurgents into the political process, were considering offering an amnesty to Iraqis who had attacked American forces, but not to those who had perpetrated attacks on Iraqi civilians.

The aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki who was quoted in the story later resigned over the disclosure. Apparently al-Maliki wasn't all that keen to have his plan to let people who had killed American troops off the hook broadcast to the Washington Post.

In the interim, a number of Senate Republicans spoke out in favor of the plan on the Senate floor, and some liberal bloggers took them to task for being inconsistent: "Republicans seamlessly slip from kill'em all to hug'em all," wrote Atrios.

Enjoy this piece?

… then let us make a small request. AlterNet’s journalists work tirelessly to counter the traditional corporate media narrative. We’re here seven days a week, 365 days a year. And we’re proud to say that we’ve been bringing you the real, unfiltered news for 20 years—longer than any other progressive news site on the Internet.

It’s through the generosity of our supporters that we’re able to share with you all the underreported news you need to know. Independent journalism is increasingly imperiled; ads alone can’t pay our bills. AlterNet counts on readers like you to support our coverage. Did you enjoy content from David Cay Johnston, Common Dreams, Raw Story and Robert Reich? Opinion from Salon and Jim Hightower? Analysis by The Conversation? Then join the hundreds of readers who have supported AlterNet this year.

Every reader contribution, whatever the amount, makes a tremendous difference. Help ensure AlterNet remains independent long into the future. Support progressive journalism with a one-time contribution to AlterNet, or click here to become a subscriber. Thank you. Click here to donate by check.

alternet logo

Tough Times

Demand honest news. Help support AlterNet and our mission to keep you informed during this crisis.