Testimonies recently obtained by FRB-I uncover details that puncture the dominant US-narrative surrounding the ‘transfer of sovereignty’ to a new Iraqi-entity. In portraying themselves as liberators, George. W. Bush’s administration rode mightily upon the claim of restoring what rightfully belongs to Iraq, omitting the fact that they had suspended Iraq’s sovereignty. Was Iraq not a sovereign actor pre-2003. Acknowledging this however, would be acknowledging Iraq’s right to defend itself.
The piece presented unpacks the question of what guided the decision of handing power back. Testimonies featured reveal a contradiction in the form ‘sovereignty’ America awarded Iraq in June 2004, and how sovereignty is understood at the international level — since the force that occupied Iraq 14 years ago, has maintained its firmly rooted militarised presence.