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Obama Accepts Same Immunity Deal He Refused In 2011

From a surprisingly outraged New York Times:

Diplomatic Note Promises Immunity From Iraqi Law for U.S. Advisory Troops

By PETER BAKER | June 23, 2014

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration said on Monday that it has accepted from the Iraqi government the same sort of immunity agreement for newly dispatched Special Operations troops that it refused to accept in 2011, when it opted to withdraw all American troops from Iraq rather than keep a residual force behind.

Because Obama wanted to bug out. So he seized upon this phony concern about immunity for our troops as a convenient excuse to not get a status of forces agreement.

Iraq’s government provided assurances in a diplomatic note that American troops being sent to help combat a growing Islamist insurgency will be exempt from Iraqi law, officials said Monday. But in 2011, American military lawyers deemed such assurances insufficient and insisted troops stay only if legal immunity was approved by the Iraqi Parliament.

The amazing thing is that the NYT is admitting this. In fact, they are even poking Obama in the eye with this.

By accepting the same sort of deal he turned down nearly three years ago, President Obama opened himself to further questions about whether he made the right decision to pull out all American troops at the end of 2011, a decision drawing fresh criticism in light of the rapid advances of Islamist extremists now threatening Baghdad…

Under an agreement signed in 2008 by Mr. Maliki and Mr. Obama’s predecessor, President George W. Bush, all American troops were due to leave Iraq at the end of 2011. As the year arrived, many in both capitals were interested in forging a new agreement to allow for a relatively small force to stay behind to help Iraq continue hunting down terrorist cells and train its troops…

No they weren’t. Obama didn’t want to leave behind any troops. After all, fulfilling a campaign promise was more important than preserving the work that 4,500 Americans gave their lives for.

Although Mr. Maliki said he was willing to send such an agreement to Parliament, Sunni and other Shiite leaders opposed it and chances of passage seemed slim. Mr. Maliki offered to guarantee immunity to American troops on his own authority with an executive agreement. But the Pentagon lawyers and even Iraq’s chief justice concluded that would not be constitutional without parliamentary approval.

Which is kind of ironic, given how much Obama does that is unconstitutional and without Congressional approval.

In effect, the diplomatic note Mr. Obama has now accepted is the equivalent of what Mr. Maliki offered in 2011 and was rejected by the Obama administration…

Which even The Times seems to think cannot be stressed enough.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, June 25th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

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