The Banks Devise a New Deal for Homeowners: Token Relief for Liability Waivers

By: Sunday October 28, 2012 2:58 pm

The failings of the 49-state foreclosure fraud settlement have by now become so obvious that even traditional media cannot ignore it. When half of the $2.5 billion earmarked as a hard-dollar penalty to states for aid and relief for struggling homeowners just gets sucked up into filling state budget holes, you can hardly make any [...]

Maliki Concurs: Lack of Legal Immunity Forced Withdrawal in Iraq

By: Monday October 24, 2011 11:20 am

We didn’t really need more evidence of this, but the Iraqi Prime Minister confirmed today that the reason American troops will leave Iraq at the end of the year has everything to do with legal immunity: Nouri al-Maliki, Iraq’s prime minister, said Saturday that negotiations breaking down over whether U.S. soldiers would be protected from [...]

President Obama Announces Full Withdrawal of US Troops from Iraq

By: Friday October 21, 2011 10:00 am

The President has announced the full withdrawal of US military troops from Iraq. This was put out a week ago unofficially, and then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (who’s a terrible Defense Secretary, by the way) tried half-heartedly to walk it back. But the decision has now been made. Earlier this week there was some hope, [...]

US to Withdraw All Troops from Iraq

By: Saturday October 15, 2011 6:14 pm

The Associated Press reports that the Obama Administration has abandoned plans to keep military troops in Iraq beyond the December 2011 deadline. The Administration could not secure immunity from prosecution for its troops operating in the country, so they’ve decided to bug out instead. A substantial amount of personnel will remain at the US Embassy [...]

Iraq Makes Offer to US on Post-2011 Trainers

By: Wednesday October 12, 2011 8:55 am

According to McClatchy, Iraq’s government has made its request for 5,000 US trainers after 2011 to help with ongoing security needs: Iraq has requested that more than 5,000 U.S. military trainers stay on past the formal U.S. withdrawal date of Dec. 31, and it’s awaiting a “yes or no” from the United States, according to [...]

Post-2011 Military Presence in Iraq Falters on Question of Immunity

By: Sunday October 9, 2011 9:47 am

A few things have become clear about the post-2011 Iraq operation for US military forces. First, the Iraqi leadership wants a training force to stay in the country to help Iraqi security forces, particularly the air force and border patrol. Second, they want that training mission to be totally confined to Iraqi bases, and they [...]

Iraqi Government Authorizes Negotiations With US Over Extended Military Presence

By: Wednesday August 3, 2011 9:30 am

In Iraq, the political leadership has taken a small step toward allowing a US military presence to remain in the country beyond the previously agreed-to December 2011 pullout date. They authorized the Iraqi government to enter into negotiations with the US on what that presence could look like. These talks were ongoing anyway, with Secretary [...]

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