obama has just shifted gears regarding the long-term agreement. Here is what his website reads now:
The Status-of-Forces Agreement
Obama and Biden believe it is vital that a Status of Forces Agreement
(SOFA) be reached so our troops have the legal protections and
immunities they need. Any SOFA should be subject to Congressional
review to ensure it has bipartisan support here at home.
and here is how it looked a couple of days ago:
Obama and Biden believe any Status of Forces Agreement, or any strategic framework agreement, should be negotiated in the context of a broader commitment by the U.S. to begin withdrawing its troops and forswearing permanent bases. Obama and Biden also believe that any security accord must be subject to Congressional approval. It is unacceptable that the Iraqi government will present the agreement to the Iraqi parliament for approval—yet the Bush administration will not do the same with the U.S. Congress. The Bush administration must submit the agreement to Congress or allow the next administration to negotiate an agreement that has bipartisan support here at home and makes absolutely clear that the U.S. will not maintain permanent bases in Iraq.
i wounder what led to this dramatic "change".