The conference included the secret arrival of Tony Blair, who expressed his support for his counterpart Nouri Al-Maliki, and engaged in discussions with President Jalal Talabani... After which, Blair Left to Basra (South) where he supported the courage of the 7100 British soldiers, deployed in the area...
to withdraw the British quota in Iraq.
The Captain has this:
"De-Baathification had its uses in the early days of occupation, but it has been a stumbling block for quite a while now. The Iraqis need to reconcile all of its internal factions to create a working civil society and to rebuild its infrastructure."According to AFP who quotes the spokesman:
The various proposals made with the conference “are declarations of good intention which still remain to be implemented”, however recognized Nasser Al-Ani, spokesman of the conference. “Only one important practical measurement was recommended”, which must be still presented by Mr. Maliki before the Parliament, “it is the payment of significant pensions to the former soldiers”, explained Mr. Ani.
Newsweek reporter: 'Iraqis are more optimistic
about the future than most Americans are'
And read this post at outsidethebeltway:
(James Joyner posts what the State Department
determines to be 'The Pillars of Democracy')
certainly the key to defusing the crisis."
for what's going on there every day," "she said.