I don’t like to call people liars, but this report (also here), at the World Socialist Web Site, is essentially a lie. It describes an expressly non-binding document setting up a framework for negotiations, the document just signed by Bush and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Al-Maliki and greatly publicized by the failing Bush Administration, as an ‘agreement’, and makes a big deal about it not having parliamentary approval, when it has not yet gone to the Iraqi parliament (nor would it be appropriate for it to do so). Any pro-American results of any negotiations will no doubt be decisively rejected when they are presented to Parliament, in the same way that the much ballyhooed American-prepared oil revenue sharing document went down in flames (note also this weird comment, which makes a big deal out of the document, only to note half-way through that it is completely meaningless due to the necessity of Iraqi approval, as if the writer started to write a screed and only noticed half-way through that it wasn’t worth writing). The fact of the matter, ignored by commentators on both the left and right (who oddly share an interest in mischaracterizing the current state of the American Empire), is that the United States has no sway over the Iraqi government, particularly telling given the massive presence of American occupying troops. To the extent foreigners are running Iraq, they are Iranians. This pathetic little Bush publicity stunt is just more evidence, if any were needed. that the attack on Iraq wasn’t, and could not possibly have been, about oil or any other Iraqi resources.