Iraq May Request Extension For U.S. – BUT WAIT……….

Read the article because the headline is misleading.

In addition, Bush is trying to engage in a “Treaty” with Iraq without receiving authorization from congress (i.e. – your representatives input or vote). Treaties are legally binding and supersede US law.

Iraq May Request Extension For U.S.
The Iraqi government may request an extension of the United Nations security mandate authorizing a U.S. military presence, due to expire in December, amid growing domestic criticism of new bilateral arrangements now being negotiated with the Bush administration, according to senior Iraqi officials.

Iraqis across the political spectrum have objected to Bush administration proposals for unilateral authority over U.S. military operations in Iraq and the detention of Iraqi citizens, immunity for civilian security contractors, and continuing control over Iraqi borders and airspace.

Failure to reach an agreement on the arrangements, which must be approved by the Iraqi parliament, would leave the negotiations over a future U.S.-Iraqi relationship and the role of U.S. forces in the country to the next American president.

Differences over Iraq policy are among the sharpest distinctions between the two U.S. presidential contenders. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) advocates continuing the current strategy, with no timetable for the withdrawal of what are likely to be about 133,000 troops remaining in Iraq by the November election. Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) has said he would begin an immediate withdrawal of combat troops, to be completed within 16 months.

The Bush administration has said the accords — a status of forces agreement on the rights and responsibilities of U.S. troops in Iraq, and a vaguely defined “strategic framework” on the broader U.S.-Iraqi security and political relationship — are “non-binding.” But U.S. lawmakers have questioned whether they commit the United States to a long-term security role in Iraq and challenged the White House contention that that they do not require congressional approval. Both Republicans and Democrats have accused President Bush of trying to tie the hands of his successor.


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