It looks like Bush is moving ahead with talks on his US/Iraq pact treaty:
The Iraqi government will begin talks
with U.S. officials later in February on a pact that would lay
the basis for long-term strategic ties between Washington and
Baghdad, an Iraqi official said on Monday.
Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said Prime Minister
Nuri al-Maliki, President Jalal Talabani, Iraq’s two vice
presidents and the leaders of major political blocs had met on
Sunday to discuss the pact.
The most interesting part comes at the very end of the article:
The negotiations are not expected to determine future U.S.
troop numbers in Iraq but will focus on the role of American
forces. Iraq has said it will never let the United States have
permanent bases on Iraqi soil.
Yeah Iraq has said that, but Bush hasn’t. As matter of fact he did one of his famous signing statements last week to make sure he has the authority to put bases there.
So will the outrage we saw in Congress last week over Bush trying to take the constitutional power of making treaties away from Congress, or will they once again let him do whatever he wants?
Let’s think about this for a minute. Congress must give consent on any treaties. Congress put a ban on permanent bases in Iraq in the defense funding bill, yet Bush issued a signing statement saying that he can still do it if he wants, even with Iraq saying no. It sure sounds like Bush is going to be pushing for bases in these talks.
Now will Congress act? I doubt it. They walk around saying “oh he won’t do that” and then when he does they go “well who would of thunk it”. I have never seen people give in so much to a bully in my life.