Part of their testimony was very interesting. When discussing a possible withdrawal from Iraq, one of the Parliamentarians indicated 70% of the Iraqi public wants the U.S. to withdraw.
Ron Paul: What percent of the Iraqi people would agree with us leaving under those circumstances?It's actually been said for a long time that the Iraqi people view us as occupiers, and want it out, and out now. So this really shouldn't be a surprise. But that's not all. Paul also asked about the much-criticized U.S. Embassy in Baghdad. 104 acres, $700 million, 3,000 employees, 27 building. The response?
Nadeem Al-Jaberi: I ask you to perhaps have a referendum, and that will tell you the truth.
Paul: So you have no idea. You have no idea. Maybe only 5 percent would support us leaving. You have to have an idea.
Al-Jaberi: Of course not. The majority of the people of Iraq are with the withdrawal. … Perhaps even about 70 percent.
Al-Jaberi: It is certainly larger than the diplomatic mission for which it has arrived for. … I mean why do we need 3,000 employees in an embassy in Iraq if we consider it as a diplomatic mission like any other diplomatic mission? From the principle of reciprocity, would it be appropriate for Iraqis to establish a 3,000 employee embassy in Washington? … It certainly would not be a very positive signal to the Iraqi people.You can watch the exchange by playing this file in RealPlayer. Paul's exchange with Al-Jaberi begins about 1:11 into the video.