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Iraq Mandate Concealed Since 2003?

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Helena Cobban at Just World News has the details:

The NSA analyst, Joyce Battle, starts with a reference to Patrick Cockburn’s excellent recent reporting on the details of the SOFA-plus agreement that the Bushists presented to the Iraqi side at the beginning of this month. Under the heading “Looks like San Remo all over again”– a reference to the 1920 conference at which Britain and France got generously handed their League of Nations “Mandates” over the governance of five majority-Arab countries (take that, Woodrow Wilson!)– Battle notes:

    Recently declassified documents show that the U.S. military has long sought an agreement with Baghdad that gives American forces virtually unfettered freedom of action in – and possibly around – Iraq. This new information appears to run counter to Bush administration claims that U.S. intentions have been more limited in scope.

The first of the declassified “documents” she presents is a PDF/PPT slideshow, heavily redacted, that she believes was created by the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy. It was dated November 27, 2003. That was just five weeks after the day on which the UN Security Council– meeting in New York, not San Remo– adopted Resolution 1511 which handed the US a qualified and highly time-limited mandate to rule over Iraq.

Irancove @ June 15, 2008

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