Sometimes the best way to be useful is to get out of somebody’s way. Now that Iraq is standing up and asserting its power as a democratic government (isn’t that’s what the Bush Administration wanted?) and wants America out of its country, the Bush administration is now chanting, “Hell No, We Won’t Go”.
I guess now that it looks like Iraq’s oil industry is getting back on its feet America wants to stay.
This also reminds me of The Amityville Horror movie (1979). The film was based on the allegedly true story of the luckless Lutz family, who moved lock, stock, and barrel into a new home, only to find that it is possessed by the demonic spirits of its previous owners and despite plagues oozing from virtually every household fixture the Lutz’s wouldn’t leave. I am saying to the Bush administration, what everyone who watched the Amityville Horror movie said, “For God’s sake, GET OUT!”
To add another component to this situation, in 2004 at the Council of Foreign Relations, John McCain was asked:
Question: “What would or should we do if, in the post-June 30th period, a so-called sovereign Iraqi government asks us to leave, even if we are unhappy about the security situation there?”
McCain’s Answer: “Well, if that scenario evolves then I think it’s obvious that we would have to leave because — if it was an elected government of Iraq, and we’ve been asked to leave other places in the world. If it were an extremist government then I think we would have other challenges, but I don’t see how we could stay when our whole emphasis and policy has been based on turning the Iraqi government over to the Iraqi people.“
Today the Bush Administration rejected a demand from Iraq for a specific date for pullout of US-led foreign troops from the country, saying any withdrawal will be based on conditions on the ground.
“The US government and the government of Iraq are in agreement that we, the US government, we want to withdraw, we will withdraw. However, that decision will be conditions-based,” State Department spokesman Gonzalo Gallegos said.
Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led troops.
“We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops,” national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf.
The controversial demand from Baghdad’s Shiite-led government underlines Iraq’s new hardened stand in complex negotiations aimed at striking a security deal with Washington.
And the ghosts of past wars shout, “Get out! GET OUT!”