How Maliki and Iran Outsmarted the US on Troop Withdrawal | Truthout
"The real story behind the U.S. withdrawal is how a clever strategy of deception and diplomacy adopted by Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki in cooperation with Iran outmanoeuvered Bush and the U.S. military leadership and got the United States to sign the U.S.-Iraq withdrawal agreement."
This seems to be an accurate history of the events leading to the GWBush capitulation regarding the SOFA agreement with Iraq. Iran's background maneuvering is pretty obvious in retrospect. It appears Iraq may have lost the battle and won the war, or something like that, eh?