Iraq Gets A New Sofa

November 18, 2008 at 12:00 am | Posted in Foreign Affairs, Office of the President | Leave a comment
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I always laugh when I read about the “status of forces agreement,” because “SOFA” brings to mind a big, old, worn-in davenport.

The Iraqis seem to like their new SOFA. The Iraqi Cabinet passed it on a vote of 27-1 in favor and the Parliament will vote on it somewhere a week from now when it is expected to also pass.

According to Campbell Robertson and Stephen Farrell, in a New York Times article, “The proposed agreement … not only sets a date for American troop withdrawal, but puts new restrictions on American combat operations in Iraq starting Jan. 1 and requires an American military pullback from urban areas by June 30.”

Importantly for Iraqis, their country will have at least some jurisdiction over serious crimes committed by Americans who are off duty and not on bases.

Things are tricky in Iraq and it’s possible that it won’t pass the vote in Parliament. Keep your fingers crossed that it does, and that the agreement is as it should be, and wish the Iraqi people good luck as they move forward.

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