Only one report on all three networks was filed from an overseas dateline. ABC's Pentagon correspondent Jonathan Karl traveled with Defense Secretary Robert Gates to Baghdad. Gates checked on the progress of the government of Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki towards political reconciliation, with three key objectives: oil revenue sharing, local elections, and partial amnesty for former Baath Party members. "None of it happened," declared Karl. He reported that the US military in Iraq believes that the trio of reforms is essential for the government "to win the support of the Iraqi people."
Karl did not inquire whether that American assessment is accurate. Perhaps some of those proposals are anathema to al-Maliki's base of support and would bring down his administration.
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