Bush‘s administration signed an agreement in 2008 to withdraw all troops from Iraq by the end of 2011, but policymakers in that administration always expected that agreement to be renegotiated to allow for an extension beyond that deadline, former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice told The Cable. So that has been in law now or been in force now for several years," Deputy National Security Advisor Denis Mc Donough told reporters on Oct. "So it’s difficult to rebut the proposition that this was a known date." Rice, speaking with The Cable to promote her new book No Higher Honor, said today that when the Bush administration signed the agreement, it was understood by both the U. and Iraqi governments that there would be follow-up negotiations aimed at extending the deadline — a step that would be in both the U. "Everybody believed it would be better if there was some kind of residual force." Rice said the Iraqi government, despite SOFA’s Jan.
"The security agreements negotiated and signed in 2008 by the Bush administration stipulated this date of December 31, 2008, as the end of the military presence. "There was an expectation that we would negotiate something that looked like a residual force for our training with the Iraqis," Rice said.
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We seek to use America's diplomatic power to help foreign citizens to better their own lives, and to build their own nations, and to transform their own futures...2012 end date, was not only open to a new agreement that would include an extension for U. troops, but expected that a new agreement would eventually be signed."We certainly understood that the Iraqis preserved that option and everybody believed that option was going to be exercised," Rice said. The Obama administration had demanded that immunity be granted by the Iraqi Council of Representatives, the country’s primary legislative body, which was unwilling to do so for political reasons.I don’t know what happened in these negotiations," Rice said.Overall, Rice said that while the Iraqi Army is making progress, it still has flaws that U. forces could help remedy, and the wholesale withdrawal of U. troops from Iraq sends the wrong signal to the region. Now, to advance transformational diplomacy all around the world, we in the State Department must rise to answer a new historic calling.