Well, well, well.
Take that Ahmadinejad! Bush and Maliki just played a long-term checkmate on your ass.
The United States and Iraq have spelled out basic principles for a future bilateral relationship as a first step to normalizing ties between Washington and Baghdad. VOA’s Michael Bowman reports from Washington, the declaration, issued Monday, envisions a long term U.S. security commitment in Iraq after a United Nations mandate for multinational troops expires.
The White House says President Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki signed the declaration during a teleconference. An adviser to President Bush on the war in Iraq, Lieutenant General Douglas Lute, says the document reflects the two leaders’ common belief that a long term relationship is in both nations’ interests.
The declaration sets forth a U.S. commitment to support Iraq’s democratic institutions, to promote its economic and financial well-being, and to support its security forces. Specifically, the United States remains committed to training and equipping Iraq’s police and military, to combat terrorism, and to help safeguard Iraq from foreign threats to its territory.
It appears the Iraq=Germany are the more apt analogy than the old, tired, John Kerry, MSM version of Iraq=Vietnam.