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Negotiators Agree On Iraq Security Draft

From a dejected Associated Press:

Iraq: Negotiators agree on US security pact draft

By QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writer

BAGHDAD – U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have agreed on a draft of a security pact that would allow American troops to stay in Iraq for three more years after their U.N. mandate expires Dec. 31, a senior aide to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday.

The aide said the draft could be put to a Cabinet vote in an emergency meeting Sunday or Monday. Transport Minister Amir Abdul-Jabbar said he had been notified by the Cabinet secretariat that a Cabinet meeting was scheduled for Sunday to vote on the agreement. If adopted by the Cabinet, it would then require parliamentary approval…

The al-Maliki aide, speaking on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the subject, said the agreement stood “a good chance” of being passed by a two-thirds majority in the 37-member Cabinet…

Passage of the agreement in the Cabinet could bode well for how it fares in the 275-seat parliament, where it needs a simple majority to pass, since the political blocs in al-Maliki’s government dominate the legislature…

The United States last week responded to Iraqi demands for changes in the text, which U.S. officials described as final and said it was up to the Iraqis to push the process further.

Al-Hashemi, the Sunni vice president, said Saturday that the United States made “additional modifications” to the agreement in response to a request by al-Maliki, according to Talabani’s office.

Iraq has demanded guarantees for its right to try U.S. soldiers and defense contractors for serious crimes committed off-duty and off-base and to ensure that the United States does not use Iraqi territory to attack a neighboring country, like Iran or Syria.

It also wanted stronger language to clarify that U.S. troops cannot stay in Iraq after Dec. 31, 2011

It looks like the Iraqis took Mr. Obama’s advice too literally and only waited until after the elections and not for his coronation.

Of course Mr. Obama probably didn’t realize that the current UN mandate runs out on December 31st, which is twenty days before his ascendency.

Or maybe they actually believe they would get a better deal now than under the new policy of “cut and run.”

Still, it looks like a lousy agreement for the US.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Saturday, November 15th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Negotiators Agree On Iraq Security Draft”

  1. proreason

    If we exit that country after sacrificing 4,000 lives without the right to maintain a large secure military base on land and close to the open water, it will be the stupidest mistake this country has ever made in foreign policy.

    With a genius like Obamy in charge, I’m sure we will do the right thing.

  2. Liberals Make Great Speedbumps

    I’ll withhold judgment until some verified specifics are announced. I really have a hard time accepting ANYTHING reported by the AP at face value. I cannot believe that we are just going to withdraw without an enduring security pact of some sort.


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