Wait, Huh? There’s a U.S-Iraq Basing Deal?
This caught me flat-footed: Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.), chairman of the Armed Services Committee, just sent out a statement expressing concern over a U.S.-Iraq status-of-forces agreement, which I thought wasn’t finished yet.
Last I heard, the pitfall-filled accord had deadlocked and negotiators were in a state of controlled panic, complete with finger-pointing. Still, I’d imagine Levin would know better than I would. Here’s his statement:
“I have not yet seen the proposed Strategic Framework Agreement nor the Status of Forces Agreement between the United States and Iraq. The Administration committed to provide the text of these agreements to Congress before they are finalized, and I look forward to reviewing the text. I am skeptical of any agreement that would subject U.S. servicemen and women to the jurisdiction of Iraqi courts in the middle of a chaotic war and in the absence of a judicial system that has been proven to be fair and protective of the rights of individuals.”