Iraqi Constitution Requires Parliament to Approve Long-Term U.S. Presence | Talking Points Memo

Yesterday, General Douglas Lute, a top Iraq adviser to President Bush, said that the administration didn’t require Senate ratification for its forthcoming long-term security guarantee to the Iraqis. It’s unclear whether that’s true, and I’ll tell you more as soon as I know it. But even if it is, the Iraqi constitution stipulates that Iraq’s parliament has to ratify any such agreement. And the Iraqi parliament is a lot more hostile to the idea of hosting U.S. troops indefinitely than the U.S. Senate is.

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