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Symbolic sovereignty

“Thanks for having me,” the President says on his surprise arrival in Baghdad.

“Not like we had any choice in the matter,” says Prime Minister Maliki.

You really have to wonder, how sovereign can a place possibly be when the presidents of other nations can secretly fly into the capital city (after misleadingly setting up an alibi teleconference) and demand a face-to-face on five minutes’ notice?