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Iraq Cabinet OK’s Occupation Deal

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Posted on Nov 16, 2008
U.S. Army / Spc. Richard DelVecchio

U.S. Army Pfc. Christopher Bradley watches as Black Hawk helicopters take off on an air assault mission near Sadr al Yusufiyah, Iraq.

To the great relief of U.S. military commanders, Iraq’s cabinet approved an agreement that would provide a legal basis for the occupation beyond Dec. 31. The deal, which still must clear a vote in parliament, maintains partial immunity for U.S. soldiers and calls for the withdrawal of American forces by 2011.

Update: Iraq’s foreign minister and the U.S. ambassador have signed the agreement.

New York Times:

All but one of the 28 cabinet ministers who attended the two-and-a-half-hour session voted for the agreement and sent it to Parliament for consideration, a huge relief to the United States, which had been in intense negotiations with the Iraqis for nearly a year.

The United Nations Security Council resolution that allows U.S. troops to operate in Iraq expires Dec. 31, and, without an extension of the resolution or a separate agreement with the Iraqis like that approved by the cabinet on Sunday, forces of the U.S.-led coalition would have no legal mandate to operate.

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By Sodium, November 17, 2008 at 9:35 pm Link to this comment
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Iraq’s bloody history,along with rich culture of which political vengeance is engraved in that culture as an integral part of a complex whole,indicate that foreign conquerers came and vanished.In the end,always,always and always,the true Iraqi nationalists were the true victors.This has been so since the era of the great warrior,Nebuchadnezzer,of ancient Babylon,and the Sunni/Shii’a political struggle of the 7TH-8TH century,and the bloody military overthrow of the monarchy in 1958 which had eventually resulted in a bloody and deadly fight between Iraqi Communists and Iraqi Ba’athists before even Saddam Hussein appeared on the political scene in 1968,and till present-day Iraq where the
human blood continued to be shed until the foreign
conquerers vanished as they did in time past.

As in the past,the ultimate triumph in Iraq will belong to those true Iraqi nationalists who have been UNTAINTED as puppets to American Imperialism and/or Iranian hegemony.

It is wiser to learn from history,instead of defying it,with unwarranted degree of delusion.

To be delusional is destructive.

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By FCBarca, November 17, 2008 at 11:33 am Link to this comment

Why not?...I mean, the US is already occupying Palestine by proxy through Israel…So why not the entire Middle East?

One day, perhaps, occupation of the world?

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By rafiq kathwari, November 17, 2008 at 10:41 am Link to this comment
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By purplewolf, November 17, 2008 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

The current war criminal(President G.W.) was technically voted out of office November 4, 2008 and he should not be allowed to make any deals that continue if/after he has left office In Jan. 2009. He is still trying to control the downward direction of the country/world and interfere with the new administrations chance of trying to correct this madness, mistakes and chaos brought to the world by the Bush/Cheney corp of morons in madness. Anything that he signs into law should be immediately over turned and not become policy. He had his chance -2 terms- in the White House and he blew it. He should not be allowed to continue his treacherous tactics after he is off to his compound in Paraquay and hiding from the world after destroying it. As for these leaders? making deals with an out going President, shame on them.

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By amunaor, November 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Iraqi resources are now open for exploitation by the investers of Wall-Street Casino’s. Brought to you by the neocon Mavericks and their Free-Marketeers.

Next stop, Iran….Syria….Pakistan….etc…etc.

I don’t suppose Maliki cares too much either for the million plus, Iraqi refugees that he has consigned to living on the outskirts of humanity, while he washes down his burger-king, with a, partial sovereignty, coco cola!

Should have held out another month and a half! I sure do hope that Barack has the capacity to un-screw the big one the Bush cabal has tossed into you!

Peace, Best Wishes and Hope

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By Fadel Abdallah, November 16, 2008 at 8:26 pm Link to this comment

Sad! Shit keeps happening in Iraq! But what else one would have expected from a cabinet of ministers working as puppets and stooges of an evil occupation?! I guess it’s time for As-Sadr and his militia to raise hell and get rid of both the occupation and its puppets!

This is a victory for evil Bush who by now should have been brought to justice for his crimes against humanity! F…k you Maliki and company for betraying your homeland!

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