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Couching SOFA In Disagreement: Relax

Over at The Tank on National Review Online, I remarked on what to make of today's headlines (and those like them certain to come in the next 2 months) regarding the ongoing negotiations between us and Iraq on the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA). Essentially... Relax. It's politics.

[A]t the end of the day, none of this jockeying and internal Iraqi politicking will jeopardize the ultimate signing of a Status of Forces Agreement equitable to all, except for perhaps al-Qaeda.

In an NSC briefing I attended at the White House a couple of weeks ago, I remarked to Ambassador Adam Ereli, in from the Baghdad embassy for a few days, that the process in the Iraqi parliament is different from the spectacle of a "bipartisan" action in the U.S. Congress only in the sense that there are more than two sides at play. After much posturing and reporting of certain "deal killers," something will be signed at the eleventh hour of the last day.

Ambassador Ereli looked at me and grinned. "Exactly."