Before Canada's wankers even learn the news, let's all predict what's gonna go down, shall we? "Handover! Success! Military victory!"
And then there's that annoying fine print:
Among Iraqis, there is no national consensus over whether the U.S-Iraqi security agreement signed last month that mandated the handover went far enough in asserting Iraqi sovereignty. For the Americans, there is doubt over whether the Iraqis are prepared to take control, as well as anxiety over the U.S. legacy in the country...
Iraqi and American officials announced Thursday that U.S. soldiers would continue to help maintain security in the area for at least the next 90 days despite the formal transfer of control. Then they will reevaluate the arrangement...
U.S. troops, who once controlled all the external checkpoints leading into the Green Zone, will work alongside Iraqi troops who are now supposed to be in charge of security, officials from both countries said. Ferrari said the Americans would focus mainly on providing support and training the Iraqis.
But officials acknowledged that precisely how the relationship will work remains uncertain. And though some officials suggested the Americans would be under the control of the Iraqis, others said that was unlikely for now.
"The Americans will supervise us," said Brig. Gen. Emad al-Zuhairi, commander of the Baghdad Brigade, the Iraqi military unit in charge of the Green Zone. "We hope this is just the first step."
In other words -- meet the new boss, pretty much the same as the old boss, a distinction I'm quite sure will be totally lost on members of the Canadian ya-ya wankerhood.
I'll give you odds.