It looks like the Bush administration is still far from achieving its goal of concluding a U.S.-Iraq security deal. That is, if Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has anything to say about it, and he does.
In Jordan on Friday, Maliki said talks between the two countries have "reached a dead end." The Associated Press reports that Maliki said the deal was to have been "between two completely sovereign states" but that American proposals "do not take into consideration Iraq's sovereignty."
The U.N. mandate that gives the U.S. legal grounds to keep troops in Iraq expires on Dec. 31; the proposed security deal is intended to replace the mandate with new legal justification.