i'm not sure what really happened. for weeks there have been reports that the obama administration has been negotiating to extend the american military presence in iraq. at the same time, pulling out by the end of 2011 is what obama has been promising since he was a presidential candidate, and the few times that the president has spoken publicly about his intentions, he has always reaffirmed that commitment.
but if they did try to get the troops to stay and if they screwed it up, count me as thankful that they didnt find a way to make it work. personally, i don't think the iraqis would agree to any extension with immunity for soldiers no matter what they offered. the only way to stay with immunity would be to break the SOFA agreement. i'm at least glad they weren't willing to do that.