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May 31, 2008

Iraq Moving Further Away From Bilateral Agreement With US

The UN mandate allowing US troops to occupy Iraq expires on December 31, 2008. So the Bush administration desperately wants to sign a bilateral agreement with the Iraqi government before that happens. Without one our presence will be blatantly illegal, without even a figleaf of international legitimacy, creating all kinds of trouble.

The problem for Bush is there's more and more Iraqi resistance to signing anything, even among Nouri al-Maliki's main supporters. Bob Fertik looks at the evidence here.

—Jonathan Schwarz

Posted at May 31, 2008 06:28 PM

It was "blatantly illegal" for us to invade in the first place, by international standards anyway, so I don't really see why it should cause any renewed hubbub.

We'll do what we'll do, and people will say what they'll say, either way.

Posted by: Kyle at May 31, 2008 08:27 PM

Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!

Posted by: Mike Meyer at May 31, 2008 08:57 PM

Finally some good news from Iraq.

Posted by: Pvt. Keepout at June 1, 2008 12:26 AM

The CNN crawl on this yesterday was unintentionally hilarious (i.e. pathetic in what it revealed by omission): "US-Iraq forces agreement opposed by Shia, Sunnis."

Posted by: Earth at June 1, 2008 08:22 AM

The Umpire Strikes Out!

Posted by: Mike Meyer at June 1, 2008 11:38 AM