I love the headline writers of the New York Times. They can be so dry. Here's a piece in today's op-ed section that I knew very little about. It turns out that our mandate from the UN to occupy Iraq is due to expire again in December, and the current government there is in no mood to ask for an extension. Unlike the op-ed writer, I don't see this kind of an exit as humiliating in the slightest; I was more intrigued by the legal considerations. I wonder if President Bush would observe such a request? After all, if Iraq is sovereign and doesn't want us, why should we be there? Is sovereignty in name only?