Wednesday, November 26, 2008
And we still have two months to go?The Cheney-Bush administration is practicing its signature "virtues" of cynicism, secrecy, deception, incompetence, and reckless disregard for Congress and the American people right up until the end: U.S. staying silent on its view of Iraq pact until after vote by Adam Ashton, Jonathan S. Landay and Nancy A. Youssef, McClatchy Newspapers 11/25/08.
You know that status-of-forces agreement that the Iraqi Parliament is debating this week? Well, our public servants in the Vice-President's Office and the White House have been withholding the official English translation from the American press and public! McClatchy reports:
Officials in Washington said the administration has withheld the official English translation of the agreement in an effort to suppress a public dispute with the Iraqis until after the Iraqi parliament votes.McClatchy has posted an official translation, though not officially released.
And, as always, Cheney and Bush claim they can interpret the thing any dang way they please.
Which is their way of saying that for them, its not worth the paper its written on, at least written in Arabic somewhere. They think a Republican President can just do whatever he wants:
The Bush administration has adopted a much looser interpretation than the Iraqi government of several key provisions of the pending U.S.-Iraq security agreement, U.S. officials said Tuesday — just hours before the Iraqi parliament was to hold its historic vote. ...The Shi'a dominated Iraqi government is "thoroughly penetrated" by Sunni insurgents, Shi'a insurgents and Iranian agents? After the incomparable success of the exceedingly brilliant Surge, the greatest success every in the history of counterinsurgency?
This is yet another reason why Congress should review this thing before its approved. If the administration negotiating the agreement has no intention of complying with it - and maybe has good reason not to comply in some cases - then why are Cheney and Bush approving it at all?
This nightmare administration just can't end too soon!
Tags: bush administration, iraq war
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