IRAQ EXACTS CONCESSIONS ON EXTENDED STAY AGREEMENT

As predicted, if the approaching “show of hands” vote by the 275-member Iraqi assembly goes as expected, the United States will be mired in Iraq for another three years. The assembly is set to vote on a pact between the United States vis-a-vis “W” and Iraqi officials. The Iraqi cabinet has already approved the pact.

Iraq won a number of concessions in the deal, including a hard timeline for withdrawal – from Iraqi cities by the end of June 2009 and from Iraq by the end of 2011. The act also gives Iraq the right to search U.S. military cargo and the right to try U.S. Soldiers for crimes committed while they are off their bases and off-duty.

Other included terms require that U.S. troops obtain Iraqi permission for all military operations, and that they hand over the files of all detainees in U.S. custody to the Iraqi authorities, who will decide their fate. The pact also forbids U.S. troops from using Iraq as a launch-pad or transit point for attacking another country, which may reassure Syria and Iran.

Although the pact has the potential to pass by a bare majority – a vote of 138 – officials are nervous that such a slim majority will hinder the effectiveness of the pact. In addition to such a slight majority, several groups oppose the pact and are demanding that it be put to a national referendum.

So, buckle up, we are approaching six years of a war that was touted as “Mission Accomplished” in May 2003. We aren’t coming home – something that Americans had better learn to accept. And along with accepting our entrenchment in Iraq, we better be able to accept the fact that hundreds more American lives and Iraqi lives will be lost before this is over – if it is ever over.

Photo credit: The Nation

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3 Responses to IRAQ EXACTS CONCESSIONS ON EXTENDED STAY AGREEMENT

  1. J. Q. Taxpayer says:

    Iraq has problems within their own boarders that they are trying to address is this agreement. Including groups who would like to dump the democratic form of government they are taking part in. There are war loards that have lost power and want it back.

    What seems to be missed by many of your ANIT-WAR talk is what happened in Southeast Asia after we just bailed out. Over 1.7 million people where killed by various groups within a couple of years of us leaving.

    You seem to gloss over the 100’s of thousdands that where killed by Iraq officials before we went into Iraq. This was going on even as we went into Iraq. I wonder how many more would have been killed had we not gone in there.

    I guess following your thought process that the US should never have entered WWII.

  2. Jim Wetzel says:

    That’s right, Mr. Taxpayer, the US never should have been involved in WWII. In fact, WWII should never have happened at all, and probably wouldn’t have if the US hadn’t involved itself in WWI: a senseless, pointless, but exquisitely bloody European war.

    But then, I guess that in the Taxpayer thought process, American involvement in WWI was probably a fine idea, right? I mean, without that, how would we ever have had a rousing song like “Over There?”

    I’m really sorry to hear that Iraq is having problems with its boarders. Hey, you try to make a little extra money by renting out a room, providing people with nutritious meals and a mailing address, and look at how they repay you … by giving you boarder problems. ‘Tis pity.

  3. J.Q.

    The issue is not my thought process about any war other than Iraq. Quit trying to throw in distractions. Bush lied and manipulated the information to get us involved in the Middle East to accomplish just what is happening now. He wanted a permanent perch from which to keep an eye on the situation.

    You know as well as I do that too many other countries in the world have committed genocide, and we stand by and watch it happen. How do you explain that?

    And, we had no business in Southeast Asia. We went in because of the dredded “domino” theory – that if one country fell to communism, they all would go. If we had not been involved, millions of lives would not have been lost.

    Likewise, if we had not gotten involved in Iraq, thousands and thousands of Iraqi lives – not to mention American lives – would not have been lost.

    You can speculate all you want – we don’t belong in Iraq, and we should come home.

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