It's just that I ain't got no watch, and you keep asking me what time it is | Bleader

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

It's just that I ain't got no watch, and you keep asking me what time it is

Posted By on 06.17.08 at 01:31 PM

Sign up for our newsletters Subscribe

Don't invite the Tribune editorial staff over for a party. They're lingerers, if you know what I mean.

But what we're hearing from the Iraqi side is troubling. Maliki's latest statement outlined several conditions:

• Iraq won't grant U.S. forces immunity from Iraqi laws and courts.
• Iraq rejects Washington's demand "to have a free hand in undertaking military operations without cooperation with the Iraqi government."
• Iraq won't allow "American forces independent right to arrest Iraqis or execute operations against terrorism."
• "We cannot allow them to use the Iraqi skies and waters at all times."

Again, this is still all under discussion. But Maliki's conditions seem to be unacceptable.

[snip]

The military and political news from Iraq has been good lately, good enough to believe that the U.S. can continue to draw down troops in the months ahead. But if Iraq insists on untenable conditions in these talks, the U.S. will have to hasten its departure.

Which is something no one wants, clearly. Then again, we were told we'd only stay as long as we were needed, which I guess is different from as long as we're wanted. Related: TomDispatch on America's new ziggurats.

Tags: ,

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

More by Whet Moser

  • —30—

    A farewell, and some favorite pieces from the Reader.
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Very Political Life of Bill Daley

    Bill Daley: lifetime centrist
    • Jan 14, 2011
  • The Hidden Hands

    The Hidden Hands

    In every successful campaign—and every dud—pros are masterminding and organizing from offstage. Meet the people behind six mayoral candidates.
    • Jan 13, 2011
  • More »

Tabbed Event Search

The Bleader Archive

Popular Stories