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Maliki Rejects Permanent Occupation

Elisa Mueller
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Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jun 13, 2008

I didn’t think this would happen, but — via Matthew Yglesias — I see it did:

Iraqi says talks with the United States on a longterm security agreement have reached a “dead end.” Al-Maliki says the talks slumped because each side refused the other’s demands.

He says the initial framework agreed upon was to have been an accord “between two completely sovereign states.” But he says the U.S. proposals “do not take into consideration Iraq’s sovereignty.”

The prime minister said Friday “this is not acceptable.” The American demands “violate Iraqi sovereignty. At the end, we reached a dead end.”

Imagine that. Could Iraqi and American public opinion actually have triumphed over George Bush, John McCain and Joe Lieberman? Maybe it’s shellshock, but I have a feeling this isn’t over.

Elisa Mueller | Elisa Mueller was born in Kansas City, Missouri, to a mother who taught reading and a father who taught film. As a result, she spent an excessive amount of her childhood reading books and watching movies. She went to the University of Kansas for college, where she earned bachelor's degrees in English and journalism. She moved to New York City and worked for Entertainment Weekly magazine for ten years, visiting film sets all over the world.

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