This story out of the Washington Post today was interesting for it’s lack of perspective.
The story is basically how with the negotiations going on right now in Iraq concerning the US future role there, the Iraqi’s are upset about our demands.
“The Americans are making demands that would lead to the colonization of Iraq,” said Sami al-Askari, a senior Shiite politician on parliament’s foreign relations committee who is close to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki. “If we can’t reach a fair agreement, many people think we should say, ‘Goodbye, U.S. troops. We don’t need you here anymore.’ “
The whole story is like that making the US government seem like the oppressive occupier that people like to think we are.
Senior lawmakers of both parties have demanded more information and questioned the Bush administration’s insistence that no legislative approval is required.
The US govt is refusing to talk about negotiations.
Here’s the thing. The MSM has often accused the Bush administration of having no knowledge of the Middle East. How it functions, what’s important there, how to deal with the people there.
If any of you have been in a market in the Middle East or read a book, then you know how negotiations work. Each side demands a lot and screams and hollers about how the other side is knifing them in the back and screwing their children out of hearth and home.
Then eventually things come out to be about fair market value and both negotiators walk away happy.
So get a grip. Negotiations going on in Iraq are going to be tense. The US govt needs to be quiet about it because I’m sure they are demanding far more than they expect and if the US people ever heard, they’d (we’d) have a cow.
In the end, Iraq will want some temporary bases there. The US will agree to continue to help while backing out of the front lines. More of our folks will be sent home. We will agree not to use Iraq as a base of operations against Iran until/unless we re-negotiate it. We may even end up with one permanent base. Let the screaming hollering begin!