The United Nations mandate that authorizes the U.S. military presence in Iraq is set to expire at the end of this year. Iraqi and U.S. leadership have been negotiating new terms. Things aren't going well and talks reached a dead end.
The Associated Press reported today that Iraqi leadership said U.S. proposals "violate Iraqi sovereignty." I can see why.
As the Washington Post reported, U.S. demands include:
-The perogative to maintain nearly 60 military bases in Iraq indefinitely
-The authority to detain and hold Iraqi citizens without turning them over to the Iraqi judicial system
-The perogative to control Iraqi airspace
-Immunity from Iraqi prosecution for both U.S. troops and private contractors
-The right to conduct military operations without Iraqi government approval
"The points that were put forth by the Americans were more abominable than the occupation," said Jalal al Din al Saghir, a leading lawmaker from the Islamic Supreme Council of Iraq.
Nice fucking examples of freedom and democracy we're exhibiting for the rest of the world. Shame on us!