Saturday, November 22, 2008

"U.S. Trapped Between Iraq and a Hard Place"

"...But even swifter than the speed the negotiations unraveled, they were salvaged; and one week later the Iraqi Cabinet approved a draft. Whether the final version of the SOFA would in its form endure, or would be reopened to negotiation for substantial emendation, was not yet clear. What is clear however is that the length and intensity of the negotiations could not be adequately explained by intransigent negotiators, but that something much larger was at stake: the future shape of U.S.-Iraqi relations and, by implication, Iraq’s relationship with Iran."

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