"Iraq plans to propose one final extension to the UN Security Council mandate
for the American deployment, the AP reports this morning. After the end of 2008,
Iraq wants to directly negotiate a bilateral security arrangement with the US
similar to that of Kuwait and Qatar:"
This is a positive sign that the government wants a change in the relationship that it has with American forces. There are people in this country that assume that the Iraqis and their government want the US to stay in an endless battle. That is why they are not taking steps to improve their country. This shows that they want a relationship of equality with the US, that can only happen if we leave Iraq as with honor, honor for Americans and Iraqis.