The follow -up to the Intependant article about the Iraq Status of Forces is even more interesting. Turns out Bush wants to make sure the Iraqis sign the agreement.
The US is holding hostage some $50bn (£25bn) of Iraq’s money in the Federal Reserve Bank of New York to pressure the Iraqi government into signing an agreement seen by many Iraqis as prolonging the US occupation indefinitely, according to information leaked to The Independent.
US negotiators are using the existence of $20bn in outstanding court judgments against Iraq in the US, to pressure their Iraqi counterparts into accepting the terms of the military deal, details of which were reported for the first time in this newspaper yesterday.
This is Bankruptcy Diplomacy. Amazing.