Sunday, November 16, 2008

Correct Again

It's a Shiite/Kurdish legislative victory that could still run into showstopper problems with the Sunni contingent, but today the cabinet of democratic Iraq set a timetable for the U.S. and whatever coalition forces to leave:

The proposed agreement, which took nearly a year to negotiate with the United States, not only sets a date for American troop withdrawal, but puts new restrictions on American combat operations in Iraq starting Jan. 1 and requires an American military pullback from urban areas by June 30. Those hard dates reflect a significant concession by the departing Bush administration, which had been publicly averse to timetables.

Iraq also obtained a significant degree of jurisdiction in some cases over serious crimes committed by Americans who are off duty and not on bases.

The date they set: by the end of 2011.

Correct again, President-Elect Obama.

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