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    Is the SOFA voted in by a huge majority in Iraq, stating unequivocably that everything US must be OUT by Dec. 31,2011. All troops must be out by June of 09.

    There will be no bases left behind and in the interim the US is banned from attacking any other country from Iraq.

    CounterPunch: Tells the Facts, Names the Names

    >>From the article:
    "Even Iran, which had furiously denounced the first drafts of the SOFA saying that they would establish a permanent US presence in Iraq, now says blithely that it will officially back the new security pact after the referendum. This is a sure sign that Iran, as America’s main rival in the Middle East, sees the pact as marking the final end of the US occupation and as a launching pad for military assaults on neighbours such as Iran.
    Astonishingly, this momentous agreement has been greeted with little surprise or interest outside Iraq. On the same day that it was finally passed by the Iraqi parliament international attention was wholly focused on the murderous terrorist attack in Mumbai. For some months polls in the US showed that the economic crisis had replaced the Iraqi war as the main issue facing America in the eyes of voters. So many spurious milestones in Iraq have been declared by President Bush over the years that when a real turning point occurs people are naturally sceptical about its significance. The White House was so keen to limit understanding of what it had agreed in Iraq that it did not even to publish a copy of the SOFA in English. Some senior officials in the Pentagon are privately criticizing President Bush for conceding so much to the Iraqis, but the American media are fixated on the incoming Obama administration and no longer pays much attention to the doings of the expiring Bush administration. "
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    "This spells total defeat for the US in Iraq"

    "Despite talk of reconstruction there are almost no cranes visible on the Baghdad skyline."

    At 14 billion dollars a month the economic hand-wringers should be taking a long,hard look at SOFA and its implications.

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