October 24, 2011
NOTICE THAT W DOESN'T MIND IF THE UR TAKES CREDIT:Obama's War Crime (Michael Ware, Oct 24, 2011, Daily Beast)
For let us be clear about one thing: it's simply not true for Obama to say he's wrought an end to the war, be it honorably or not, for he has done no such thing. The war in Iraq was ended by those who commissioned it - the members of the Bush Administration.
All but absent in the chattering I've heard in these days past is that instrument which, for all intents and purposes, is the architecture of the "peace": America's Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with Iraq.
A SOFA is an accord America strikes with the dozens of nations in which it has military forces or seeks to grant them access. They lay out the ground rules for the numbers of troops, the presence of bases, the troops' legal exposure and the nature of their mission. Washington's compact with Baghdad was torturously negotiated way back in 2008. I know because I was there, assiduously following its machinations in minute detail; running back and forth from one Iraqi government negotiator or faction to another, from general to general, from embassy to embassy. And it was signed, in the dying months of its tenure, by the Administration of President George W. Bush.
Posted by oj at October 24, 2011 7:01 AM