Saturday, July 25, 2009
Another Reason to Leave Sooner Rather than Later
The Iraqi's have squandered the chance to make some political deals (oil revenues, the Kurds' and Sunni's status in Maliki's moderate-Shia regime, etc.) and have made unexpected interpretations of the SOFA (Status of Forces Agreement) that saw US combat troops removed from most cities. the Iraqi's rely on the US for intel, air support, fuel, logistics.....and they revel in showing that they are in charge all the while:
- US convoys can no longer pass through checkpoints in Baghdad without prior approval and an Iraqi escort. American night-time raids in pursuit of insurgents have also been curtailed by Iraqi officials who gained the right to veto all such missions on July 1.
- The American military has little choice but to comply with the new rules, leaving many units involuntarily confined to their bases.
Update: Maliki gets it.