Saturday, June 14, 2008



The Bush Regime dead-enders believe they can create facts on the ground that will force the next president-- at least in their minds-- to stay in Iraq. The Bush Regime position calls for dozens of permanent bases and the kind of extraterritoriality that was banished among nations after the Opium Wars and the Boxer Rebellion. There are no Iraqi politicians who would survive for long-- and I don't mean survive politically only-- if he signed a treaty even close to what Bush is demanding. Even the craven Maliki puppet regime has said no. Maliki: “The Iraqi demands are unacceptable to the Americans, and the American demands are unacceptable to the Iraqis, and the result is that we have reached an impasse. The Iraqis will not consent to an agreement that infringes their sovereignty.”

Today NY Times reports that negotiations have come to a standstill. Bush has backed down on granting immunity to the contractors and detested mercenaries with which he has flooded the country. The Times seems to indicate that Bush is dreaming in regard to this provision. "The change is sure to prove controversial, because security contractors will be reluctant to continue to work in Iraq’s dangerous environment if they can be prosecuted in Iraqi courts." American soldiers would still have immunity from Iraqi laws no matter what they do, something that isn't sitting well with any Iraqis in light of recent events.
The agreement is designed to provide a legal basis for American security operations in Iraq after a United Nations mandate expires at the end of the year. The Americans have been seeking to assure that their troops have the power to conduct operations and detain suspects without the approval of the Iraqi government and to act without fear of prosecution in the Iraqi justice system. They are also seeking the authority to establish more than 50 long-term bases.

The Times seems to have neglected to mention anything about U.S. demands for control over Iraq's oil-- and at a time when imperialistic U.S. politicians from both political parties are demanding that the U.S. seize the occupied country's oil to pay the cost of American operations there. That's considered a war crime.

Although Obama isn't commenting on the negotiations-- after all this isn't a game or a publicity stunt-- McCain took the opportunity to rush to the microphones and remind everyone that he-- along with the only two members of the Senate who can stand him, Lindsey Graham and Holy Joe Lieberman-- is the embodiment of between 4 and 100 more years of Bush's failed and disastrous Iraq policies.

Michael Ware's report on CNN yesterday was instructive:

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