Jonathan Taplin at TPM Cafe brings it back to the election: "If this one is true, it's time for the Democrats to raise a ruckus. Obama needs to ask McCain if he supports this new Bush Policy of a permanent American force in Iraq. The long term oil price and fiscal situation is bad enough. This is going to make it worse."
However, Dave Price at the classically liberal Dean's World is unimpressed with the piece, which he thinks is old and also misleading: "Cockburn then claims the plan seeks 'permanent' bases, and that Washington is denying that fact as a 'tactical subterfuge' which makes no sense as the Iraqi Parliament has to publicly vote on the terms of the pact. Even less sensibly, the article claims this will restrict Obama's ability to withdraw troops, which of course it does not as the agreement merely defines the parameters under which they would operate in Iraq."
Read more about the "secret plan" for Iraq.