It's All Spelled Out in Unpublicized Agreement
By PATRICK COCKBURN
Comment: An astonishingly poor analysis by Patrick Cockburn, who jumps to incorrect and premature conclusions.
In reality, the concluded agreements have loopholes large enough to drive several trains though them. The puppet government in the Green Zone is totally dependent on the occupation for its very survival and will "request" permanent stationing of occupation troops for that purpose. As to Iran, well.....Iran is Iran. Iran wants to play games and offer Obama a .....present! Well, it will blow up in Teheran's face and those troops may one day be used to topple that same regime offering presents to Obama now. We will see about that soon enough.
".......The Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA), signed after eight months of rancorous negotiations, is categorical and unconditional. America’s bid to act as the world’s only super-power and to establish quasi-colonial control of Iraq, an attempt which began with the invasion of 2003, has ended in failure. There will be a national referendum on the new agreement next July, but the accord is to be implemented immediately so the poll will be largely irrelevant. 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......"