Iraq Moving Further from Critical Bilateral Agreement with US

The UN mandate allowing US troops to occupy Iraq expires on December 31, 2008. So the Bush administration desperately wants to sign a bilateral agreement with the Iraqi government before that happens. Without one our presence will be blatantly illegal, without even a figleaf of international legitimacy, creating all kinds of trouble.

The problem for Bush is there’s more and more Iraqi resistance to signing anything, even among Nouri al-Maliki’s main supporters. Bob Fertik looks at the evidence here.