Thursday, November 27, 2008

Hiding behind the SOFA

The Iraqi Parliament voted for the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) today. Said George Bush of the vote, “Today’s vote affirms the growth of Iraq’s democracy and increasing ability to secure itself.” Growth of Iraq’s democracy? Iraq’s elected representatives refused to associate themselves with their own votes, which they cast by an unrecorded show of hands (thought to be about 140 or 145 of the 198 attending, of the 275 total MPs). There will be a referendum in July (although if the SOFA is voted down, it would still be in effect another year).

Speaking of the growth of democracy, when will the US Congress vote on this, and what date is our referendum scheduled for? Also, under what law is an agreement signed only by a president binding on his successor?

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