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Bill Nelson Might Have Had the Best Moment So Far

Jul 31, 2020
Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) just lookslike tired. His questioning was sharp and incisive, and highlighted how difficult it is for honest people to consider the surge worthwhile.
“It is with a great deal of respect and deference to you,” Nelson said, that he pressed the issue: the point of the surge was to create political reconciliation. “Has political reconciliation happened?”
**Petraeus: **“As the Ambassador laid out, there has been agreement among different political parties on a number of pieces of important reconciliation laws, if you will, that represent reconciliation… [laws on] de-Ba’athification, a provincial powers law, a pensions reform bill…”
But have the laws been implemented?
Petraeus:I believe the pensions law is in the process of being implemented. De-Ba’athification –”
Nelson wondered:To the extent of bringing about political reconciliation “that is the goal in the first place?”
Petraeus kicked it over to Crocker. (I called it!) Crocker:“I noted in my testimony, obviously how it’s implemented is going to be key. The amnesty law, part of the legislation package passed in February, is being implemented. There have been 24,000 applications for amnesty received, and 17,000 approved. The provincial powers law comes into effect after the forthcoming provincial elections — it’s prospective, and does not apply to the current provincial council…”
Nelson whacked Crocker’s weeds. “So you think we’re moving toward political reconciliation?”
Oh, for a straight answer. Crocker: “I think various elements that I mentioned — national legislation — the way parliament works, there’s a lot of cross-bloc horse-trading that goes on,… that process is as encouraging as the results. Yes, I think there is movement in the right direction.” Whether it’s 4,000-lives-and-counting’s worth of movement in the right direction, he couldn’t say.
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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