Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Skelton Critical of Iraqi Security Pact

House Armed Services Committee Ike Skelton warns that a security agreement governing American troops in Iraq could subject American soldiers to Iraqi prosecution.
In an article in the New York Times, Skelton also complained that parts of the agreement would be left for joint committees to resolve in the future. He said that could set the stage for future disputes between Iraq's increasingly assertive government and American diplomats and commanders.
"I do not believe it was wise to push off major decisions about the legal protections U.S. troops would have in such cases or the crimes for which they could be charged," Mr. Skelton said. "I am also troubled by vague language in the agreement that will likely cause misunderstandings and conflict between the U.S. and Iraq in the future."
Read the entire Times story HERE

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