Negotiations are underway in Baghdad to secure a deal that would perpetuate the American presence regardless of the outcome of future US presidential elections. Bush aims to push the deal through before the end of next month in order to claim some sort of military victory, and there we were thinking it was "mission accomplished" 5 years ago.
Under the terms of the deal, US troops would occupy 50 permanent bases, have complete control of Iraqi airspace, conduct military operations, arrest Iraqis and enjoy immunity from Iraqi law. He also wants the same protection from war crimes prosecution for the private security contractors. The Americans are aiming to keep around 140,000 troops there permanently...or at least until the oil runs out.
This would be a major victory for the corporate, military-industrialists; their $5 billion a month gravy train cannot be derailed by Obama's talk of a pull-out and it is merely the latest attempt, by their frontmen in the Bush cabal, to see just how much they can get away with.