Well, it looks like the Cheney Administration‘s attempt to handcuff the next US president to it’s depraved Iraq agenda has, like a John McCain piloted fighter jet, gone down in flames.
McClatchy reports that:
Iraq’s prime minister won’t sign U.S. troop deal
By Roy Gutman | McClatchy Newspapers
October 24, 2008
BAGHDAD — Fearing political division in the parliament and in his country, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki won’t sign the just-completed agreement on the status of U.S. forces in Iraq [SOFA], a leading lawmaker said Friday.
The new accord’s demise would be a major setback for the Bush administration, which has been seeking to establish a legal basis for the extended presence of the 151,000 U.S. troops in this country, and for Iraq, which won notable concessions in the draft accord reached a week ago.
“No, he will not” submit the agreement to the parliament, Sheikh Jalal al Din al Sagheer, the deputy head of the Shiite Muslim Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq, told McClatchy. “For this matter, we need national consensus.” […]
One can’t help but note that the existing 151k troop level cited is some 20k more than the number stationed there prior to the much vaunted “surge”, in reality an escalation, giving lie to the claim by McCain and his favorite senatorial cheerleaders, Joe LIEberman and Lindsay Graham, that McCain “…knows how to win wars, my friends”; and that the surge was a success.
Sorry ’bout that, butt boys…
[*sofa design by Lila Lang]