Text: The United States Federal Government should commit to implement the Status of Forces Agreement
-- This solves--
SOFA eliminates overwhelming US troop presence in Iraq
(Jason, political reporter- Huffington Post, 11/19, “Newly signed SOFA to spur withdrawal, Benefit
Obama,” Huffington Post, http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/11/19/newly-signed-sofa-to-spur_n_144890.html)
As has been widely reported,
he recently signed
Status of Forces Agreement
between the United States and the
Iraqi Cabinet could
potentially "[close] the book on the occupation
that began with the U.S.-led invasion in 2003."
, which calls for U.S. forces to pull out of Iraqi cities
in the middle of next year and remove
themselves entirely from Iraq by 2011
, reverses the entrenchment that President George W. Bush originally
envisioned, and dovetails with the "withdraw-and-redeploy" plan that President-Elect Barack Obama pitched on the
stump during his campaign.
Some obstacles remain,
most significantly from Moqtada al-Sadr
, who's threatened attacks on U.S. troops over the
deal, believing that U.S. withdrawal promises are worthless.
Still, this accord stands to benefit Obama in a politically significant way,
the key difference being that it was made
on this side of Inauguration Day, sparing Obama the sort of "surrender" rhetoric that
Senator John McCain
attempted to light him up with on the campaign trail
Spencer Ackerman has the money quote
from a Pentagon
"Politically it is significant.
The Iraqis are telling us to leave and the Bush administration, not the Obama
administration, has basically agreed to go. Kind of hard for the far right to call what follows surrender or retreat."
And with all parties aligned in support of withdrawal
, it's impossible to paint that support as anything other than
Rapid withdrawal risks Iraqi civil war
CBS News 5/16
Officials in Iraq said Sunday a recount confirms the narrow victory of former Prime Minister Iyad Allawi in the
March elections. But that doesn't mean Allawi will become prime minister anytime soon.
A surge of violence
was a setback for political stability
, as CBS News correspondent Elizabeth Palmer reports. There was panic in
the wake of two suicide bombings
south of Baghdad of Monday, just as factory workers were coming off shift. In
one incident, 45 people died. It was just one in a wave of attacks across Iraq that killed more than 100. "We are
workers trying to earn a living," said a witness to the bombings. "Why do we have to die like this?" The motive may
simply be to wreak more havoc in this unstable country. Al Qaeda linked groups still dream of setting up a
fundamentalist Islamic state and their videos warn of dark days covered in blood. Iraqi police and the military,
thanks to intensive American training, are better able to fight back than ever before. These days, it's Iraq's politicians