I’m Christy, a BuzzFlash.com editor. This is a guest entry.
Bush and Maliki supposedly are drawing up plans for the long-term relationship between Iraq and the U.S. Except that lots of lives are at stake, it sounds kind of like a couple that’s been living together for nearly five years finally announcing their marriage plans.
Bush, Maliki Sign Pact on Iraq’s Future (Washington Post)
The interesting question is whether this term-limited pair actually can impose anything long-term on their countries and the region. Will they get away with it legally, and do they have the political clout to leave their wish list for their successors?
P.M. Carpenter weighs in on these issues in “Another power-grab — Bush’s unexceptional bullying in the face of congressional timidity.” Also raising the issue is Yale University Professor Bruce Ackerman, writing in an LA Times Op-ed, “Bush Isn’t the Only Decider.” Bob Fertik at Democrats.com analyzes the “agreement,” as well.
Will Iraq ignore their constitution and go along with Maliki? Will the U.S. Congress wake up to take back their constitutionally granted power to enact (or not) international treaties? Will the Democrats running for president draw a line in the sand, and call the bluff of an Executive lame duck?
If not, why not? Do they simply agree with Bush that the US belongs there for another fifty or one hundred years, as long as the oil, and our need for it, remain?