By Pepe Escobar
"When Iraqi parliamentarians vote on Wednesday on whether or not to endorse a security pact with the United States, many of them will not have had the opportunity to study the finer points. Perhaps all they need to know is that the Pentagon and President George W Bush are very comfortable with it......
The pact also states that both Iraq and the US "retain the right to legitimate self defense within Iraq, as defined in applicable international law". With the Pentagon interpreting "legitimate" self-defense according to the Bush Doctrine, not to mention its stellar record stretching the meaning of "international law", one can imagine the incendiary consequences......"