Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the presence of any U.S. troops in Iraq after the end of 2011."whew, potent stuff, which receives a quote from the PM himself.
"The last American soldier will leave Iraq" as agreed, ... "This agreement is not subject to extension, not subject to alteration. It is sealed."sealed! says the pm. and so definitive! the very essence of definitive. sealed with a kiss. us troops out! every last one, by the end of 2011. finally.
But Mr. Maliki said the only way for any of the remaining 50,000 or so American soldiers to stay beyond 2011 would be for the two nations to negotiate—with the approval of Iraq's Parliament—a new Status of Forces Agreement, or SOFA, similar to the one concluded in 2008.ah, yes, just like then. we remember fondly those busheoise days of the panic attack SOFA and Maliki's bold, firm statements of the ultimate fate, the scrabbling and haggling, threats! oh, it was a juicy time for awhile. immunity! we must have immunity for this and for that. dates! a date for withdrawal is a must. naw. hate them dates. gives the damnable terrorists a timeline to terror! generals back pedaling and tsk-tsking the need for realism and "conditions on the ground." glorious stuff.
oh well, well, oh my, we'll just have to have a lookie at what's goin' on when it's goin' on, see what happens then.
well, who knows whether Maliki will retain resolve? he is feeling a tad kingly these days.