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Sunday, November 16, 2008


 

SOFA: Corporate media buries the lead


The Iraqi Cabinet (not yet the Iraqi Parliament, although it is asserted that that is likely) today approved a new "Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA)" with the U.S. What did that agreement call for? Withdrawal of U.S. forces to their bases by summer, 2009 and complete withdrawal by the end of 2011, with fixed, not "conditional", deadlines. And how did the corporate media treat this development?

The New York Times headlines it "Iraqi Cabinet Approves Security Pact With U.S," and not until the sixth paragraph do they note its status as a "date certain" withdrawal from Iraq. Similarly the Washington Post headlines "Iraqi Cabinet Approves Security Pact With U.S." and doesn't mention the withdrawal of troops to their bases until paragraph five. Neither emphasizes the momentous, albeit not to be taken as definitive, nature of this vote, or the substantial defeat for the Bush Administration and the U.S. that it represents. Consider, for example, the subhead in the Times:

The Iraqi cabinet voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve the security agreement that sets the conditions for the Americans' continued presence in Iraq from Jan. 1 until the end of 2011.
How about "The Iraqi cabinet voted overwhelmingly Sunday to approve the security agreement that forces American troops to end combat operations by next summer, and leave Iraq completely by the end of 2011"? Wouldn't that convey just a little more accurately the nature of what happened?


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