Iraqi Timetables

This is fascinating. The Iraqis were dragging their heels on the Bush administration’s Status of Forces Agreement, but now that Obama’s been elected, they actually think there’s a change the U.S. might someday withdraw, so they’re eager to sign.

And notice how when you stop incessantly saber-rattling, everyone calms down a little bit:

Many Shiite politicians had been under intense pressure from Iranian leaders not to sign a security agreement. Iran, which has close ties to Shiite politicians, has feared the agreement would lay the groundwork for a permanent American troop presence in Iraq that would threaten Iran.

But now, the Iraqis appear to be feeling less pressure from Iran, perhaps because the Iranians are less worried that an Obama government will try to force a regime change in their country.

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