Friday, August 22, 2008

Deal would have U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2012


Deal would have U.S. troops out of Iraq by 2012

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- U.S. and Iraqi negotiators have reached agreement on a proposal calling for a complete U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq by 2012, the head Iraqi negotiator said Friday.

The deal still must be approved by both sides, said Mohammed al-Haj Hamoud, deputy foreign minister and head of the Iraqi negotiating team.

Hamoud said Thursday's meeting between U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki was helpful in reaching the tentative agreement.

Hamoud said the proposal also says the last date for the presence of U.S. troops in cities and towns will be June 30, 2009.

There are clear caveats, however. Watch for details on the plan »

If the Iraqi government sees the necessity of keeping the American forces in cities and towns or in Iraq past December 31, 2011, it would ask that the Americans stay. A joint Iraqi-U.S. committee would help define the duration and number of forces that would be needed and regularly assess the security situation on the ground.

Regarding the issue of troop immunity from Iraqi law and American authority over military operations, American authorities would have jurisdiction over their troops. Hamoud also said that in case of a major crime such as murder, the case would be reviewed by a U.S.-Iraqi joint committee.

Rest of article at link above.

Now, here are some questions:

1. Wasn't this the crux of BARACK OBAMA'S argument about Iraq?
2. Why isn't this leading every other news story for the day?
3. Does this mean that John McCain is the last person who wants to keep up the Iraq War?

All Senator Straight Talk has is ' Foreign Policy'. What can be said when his own President undercuts the only poll strength he has?

That's why you need to keep your eye on this mess with Russia, which is nothing but another scam on Dubya's part to help McCain. They know Iraq is played out, so here comes another ' crisis'.

1 comment:

jurahar said...

Hate to put it in words, but I think the Obama campaign was waiting for the VP selection and turn the VP loose to answer the attacks on Obama and lead the attacks on McCain McBush.

Obama is the Change candidate. If Obama goes negative --- negative politics is politics as usual. Already Biden has stepped up swinging with his comment about McCain’s 7 kitchen tables. Joe Biden does not hold his tongue.

The Bush Administration is still trying to say that their timetable is not a timetable but a “horizon” and “guide”. Joe Biden will not let up on that as chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. And Biden's son, Delaware's Attorney General, will be deployed soon to Iraq. This argument is made of Biden.

I really really hate to put this in words but Race Matters (loved the book by Cornel West). That’s why after the convention, the Obama Campaign and the Democratic Party will be looking to Joe Biden, Hillary Clinton, and Bill Clinton to take the lead in making hard hitting slap downs to John McCain and his outrageous lies and misrepresentations.

I still am a little skeptical of the enthusiasm of the Clintons, even if her political future is at stake. She is a woman so maybe she can fake it long enough to get at least 75% of her women supporters to Obama.