Tuesday, June 17, 2008
As reported in the Asian Times Online, various representatives of the Bush administration have been saying for some time that the United States has no interest in "permanent" military bases in Iraq. Whew. That's a relief. However, according to an editorial in Saturday's New York Times, Still President Bush is "insisting on keeping more than 50 long-term [military] bases in Iraq."
But the Bush administration has reached an impasse with the Iraqi government, according to a report in The Telegraph. Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said that negotiations over future U.S. operations in Iraq were at a stalemate because the United States was making demands that he regarded as an intrusion on Iraqi sovereignty. The matter needs to be settled before a U.N. resolution authorizing the presence of the U.S. military in Iraq expires at the end of the year. The administration has not shared details of the negotiations with Congress because, as innumerable news organizations have reported, it's a secret. Shhhhhh!