“Soft despotism is a term coined by Alexis de Tocqueville describing the state into which a country overrun by "a network of small complicated rules" might degrade. Soft despotism is different from despotism (also called 'hard despotism') in the sense that it is not obvious to the people."
Friday, August 22, 2008
US Makes Deal to Withdraw from Iraq
2011 is U.S. target date for troops' pullout from Iraq
11:54 PM CDT on Thursday, August 21, 2008
From Wire Reports
BAGHDAD – The United States has agreed to remove combat troops from Iraqi cities by next June and from the rest of the country by the end of 2011 if conditions in Iraq remain relatively stable, according to Iraqi and American officials involved in negotiating a security accord.
The withdrawal timetable, which Bush administration officials called "aspirational goals" rather than fixed dates, are contained in the draft of an agreement that still must be approved by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other Iraqi leaders before it goes before Iraq's Parliament. It has the support of the Bush administration, American and Iraqi officials said.