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Ear to the Ground

Immunity Issue Snags U.S.-Iraq Agreement

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Posted on Sep 19, 2008
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The once-strong political relationship between Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and President Bush, shown here in 2007, is withering away as the U.S. remains recalcitrant over the issue of allowing its citizens to be tried in Iraqi courts.

We tearfully regret to inform you that an agreement that would legally extend the U.S. imperial occupation of Iraq is at risk of falling apart, as Iraqi officials continue to make the audacious demand that U.S. soldiers and mercenaries be subject to Iraqi law for crimes committed outside the scope of military operations.


The New York Times:

An agreement to extend the American military mandate in Iraq beyond this year — near completion only a month ago — has stalled over objections by Iraqi leaders and could be in danger of falling apart, according to Iraqi and Bush administration officials.

The disagreements threaten a capstone of President Bush’s Iraq policy during his remaining months in office. Mr. Bush has already offered significant concessions to the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in the negotiations, including his willingness to accept a specific date for withdrawing American forces: the end of 2011.

The major remaining point of contention involves immunity, with the United States maintaining that American troops and military contractors should have the same protections they have in other countries where they are based and Iraq insisting that they be subject to the country’s criminal justice system for any crime committed outside of a military operation, the officials said.

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By kath cantarella, September 19, 2008 at 10:08 pm Link to this comment
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It’s about time someone stood up to this. The whole world knows by now that the US doesn’t punish it’s war criminals.

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By 1twentw1, September 19, 2008 at 6:40 pm Link to this comment
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Maliki grows a pair as the Bush cabal unravels like a cheap tattered rug.

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By cyrena, September 19, 2008 at 6:31 pm Link to this comment

Check out the ‘wording’ here…

“..Mr. Bush has already offered significant concessions to the government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in the negotiations, including his willingness to accept a specific date for withdrawing American forces: the end of 2011….”

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Mr. Bush has offered significant ‘CONCESSIONS’ including a willingness to allegedly accept a specific date to withdraw troops from a country that he illegally invaded and occupied.

No, I’d say that the Iraqis have agreed to ‘concessions’ since they didn’t have much of a choice in being invaded and occupied, now did they?

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By Jim Yell, September 19, 2008 at 1:46 pm Link to this comment
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If the Bushie Repub’s are so devoted to Democracy and Freedom and nationhood, shouldn’t they be thrilled that the Iraqi government (which they installed) finally remembers it has responsibilities to its citizens and American Military and Corporate thugs are not “their citizens”

Ask yourself if you would tolerate a foreign government dictating to you and the rest of American’s how and to whom we will sell our assets? I think then you might find it hard to get all excited that suddenly the Iraqi’s get it too.

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By michelle, September 19, 2008 at 10:03 am Link to this comment
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There’s hope for this puppet government.  I read somewhere that someone wanted to rescind the no-bid contracts for oil corporatations to steal Iraq’s oil.  Now the Iraqi government wants to deny immunity for US soldiers/mercenaries for their activities.

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By Aegrus, September 19, 2008 at 9:44 am Link to this comment

Good on them. If our government owners refuse to take responsibility, at least one party is still pushing accountability forward. Let the Bushies scramble and argue while the hourglass sand disappears.

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