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By Mangosuthu Buthelezi
Independent voices from the The Washington Times Communities
Topic - James Franklin Jeffrey
The U.S. is not the only nation experiencing a renaissance in oil production. Sidelined for two decades by war, sanctions and political instability, Iraq passed a critical milestone last year by producing 3 million barrels a day of crude oil for the first time since 1990, before the Persian Gulf War, reaching 3.4 million barrels a day by December.
The nominee for U.S. ambassador to Iraq on Wednesday chided Baghdad's government for allowing Iran to ship weapons to Syria via Iraqi airspace, calling the situation "unacceptable."
The Obama administration's pick to be the next ambassador to Iraq is withdrawing his nomination amid concerns that he engaged in improper behavior while working at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad in 2008.
Islamic leaders are outraged at the "cultural terrorism" they say the U.S. Embassy in Pakistan has promoted with a gay pride celebration.
House of Representatives Speaker John A. Boehner visited Iraq over the weekend to express U.S. commitment to the country's postwar success, despite a rancorous Washington budget debate over spending cuts.
American ambassadors around the world are warning of damage to U.S. foreign policy from another secret-document dump Sunday by the website WikiLeaks, which was widely denounced after releasing classified reports in July and October that endangered informants in Afghanistan and Iraq.
"The region keeps erupting into one kind or another of violence or instability. So we have to be present," he said on Platt's Energy Week.
James Jeffrey, former U.S. ambassador to Iraq, said the U.S. will have to maintain its presence in the Persian Gulf despite the budgetary pressures.