Bush's Final Illusion
The president's agreement with Iraq bypasses Congress. Again.
Posted Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2008, at 4:25 PM
This mandate, however, is presently scheduled to expire at the end of the year. Bush and Maliki should request six additional months from the Security Council. And then the president should follow up by submitting the proposed bilateral agreement with Iraq to Congress. But before this can happen, the Bush administration must give up on its dream of making a last-minute deal with Iraq which will magically secure its legacy—at the expense of the next president.
Bruce Ackerman is a professor of law and political science at Yale and the author of Before the Next Attack: Preserving Civil Liberties in an Age of Terrorism.
Oona Hathaway is a law professor at the University of California-Berkeley.