By DeWayne Wickham
On Tue Jun 17th , 2008.
The biggest thing Iraqi officials have going against them in their negotiations with the Bush administration over the status of U.S. forces in that country is history. What the United States wants from countries it occupies, it usually gets.
Last week, as some lawmakers in Iraq complained about what they saw as heavy-handed efforts of U.S. negotiators to secure a long-term agreement to maintain nearly 60 military bases in that country, President Bush was in Germany assuring the world that the deal would get done.
When asked during a news conference whether he was concerned about how the negotiations were going, Bush said: "I think we'll end up with a strategic agreement with Iraq. … We're there at the invitation of the sovereign government of Iraq."
Forget about that shameless distortion of the truth for a moment and read between
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