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Bushco to implement treaty committing US forces for McCain’s 100 year war

Posted by Charles II on April 8, 2008

Seumas Milne, The Guardian:

A confidential draft agreement covering the future of US forces in Iraq, passed to the Guardian, shows that provision is being made for an open-ended military presence in the country.


The draft strategic framework agreement between the US and Iraqi governments, dated March 7 and marked “secret” and “sensitive”, is intended to replace the existing UN mandate and authorises the US to “conduct military operations in Iraq and to detain individuals when necessary for imperative reasons of security” without time limit.


All this is wildly illegal without Congress’s assent, probably unconstitutional, and without question idiotic. One piece of good news:

Significantly – given the tension between the US and Iran, and the latter’s close relations with the Iraqi administration’s Shia parties – the draft agreement specifies that the “US does not seek to use Iraq territory as a platform for offensive operations against other states”.


So, for what it’s worth, they’re only planning to fly missions against Iran off of aircraft carriers and from bases in the Gulf states.

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