Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Status of Forces

Before we get all huffy about our troops being withdrawn from Iraq, we might do well to remember that the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) was negotiated under George Bush.
On November 17, 2008, the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshiyar Zebari and U.S. ambassador Ryan Crocker signed the agreement in an official ceremony.
We'll recall that President Obama didn't take office until January 20, 2009 and at that time the US government had already agreed that all US forces would leave Iraq by midnight, December 31, 2011.

I don't believe that we should have negotiated nor signed an agreement. We were not invited into Iraq. As it turns out, the Iraqi government is probably not stable enough to stand at this time and some observers believe that the country might slide into sectarian and political violence. That's for the Iraqi people to decide.

However, President Obama's promise to bring the troops home was an empty promise, one that he hadn't negotiated. Under the terms of the SOFA, he had no choice; it was already written in an agreement negotiated under the Bush administration. However, his decision to make political hay out of leaving Iraq might become a huge strategic blunder if Iraq devolves into chaos.


Charles Ellis said...

Not to worry,if it turns out bad(as it probably will)Obama will just blame it on Bush.In this case,he might be correct.

Anonymous said...

Dear Sir, I am looking for your little story about "Charlie" from down my bayou. Ran into him recently, and he said he would like to read the story. Can you please email me the link to that blog post so I might share with him? Thanks,
Bayou Woman

Pawpaw said...

Of course, m'lady. Check your email, or point Charlie here:

When you see him, tell him Hi! for me.

Gerry N. said...

Since Teh Iwon, Emperor Obungholio I has blamed everything from the existence of shingles to street potholes on Bush, that meme has very little traction with anyone with a measurable IQ.

IF things in Iraq fall apart? The only thing keeping Iraq out of the Dark Ages now is our presence there.