In January, the United States will also invite the Iraqis to negotiate a new "strategic partnership agreement" to replace the existing U.N. mandate for U.S. troops, starting in 2009. David Satterfield, Rice’s special coordinator for Iraq, will ask Baghdad to appoint a negotiating team that represents all the country’s factions and ministries. This new agreement will be sensitive for both sides, since it will cover everything from imprisonment of Iraqi detainees to future U.S. basing rights to Special Forces operations against al-Qaeda terrorists. Explains a senior Bush administration official: "There will be new rules of the game. There have to be. It cannot be business as usual." Ignatius
"" A new "strategic partnership agreement" " As I thought, they are going to be dumb enough to try to maintain themselves with troops in the heart of the Arab World.
I guess they just don’t understand that there will not be a peaceful outcome for any of the parties to such an agreement. There will simply be more war.
There are those among them who should know better. Crocker and Satterfield are prime examples, but the siren call of ambition and the desire to maintain one’s place seem to trump all, all. The master must be served. The master must be served. What will be amusing is the speed with which these grand functionaries will spin on a dime to take up the policy and values of the opposing party if the Democrats are elected.
I saw that once before in the time when Carter lost to Reagan. The State Department people with whom I was serving all became cowboy conservatives over night. Some of these were among them. pl