Today is victory in Iraq day.
Iraq Leader Maliki Supports Obama's Withdrawal PlansHow have the Republicans responded to this resounding victory? According to Marc Armbinder, a Republican strategist emailed back simply "We're f*@%ed."
In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Barack Obama's 16 timeframe for a withdrawal from Iraq is the right one.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supports US presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US troops from Iraq within 16 months. When asked in and interview with SPIEGEL when he thinks US troops should leave Iraq, Maliki responded "as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned." He then continued: "US presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes."
Maliki said: "Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems."
"So far the Americans have had trouble agreeing to a concrete timetable for withdrawal, because they feel it would appear tantamount to an admission of defeat," Maliki told SPIEGEL. "But that isn't the case at all. If we come to an agreement, it is not evidence of a defeat, but of a victory, of a severe blow we have inflicted on al-Qaida and the militias."
Lots of campaign talk going on: From the Obama front: "So given that al-Maliki said today that it’s time for an official timetable and that Obama “is right when he talks about 16 months,” will McCain honor that commitment and call for withdrawal or change his position that we should leave Iraq if asked?"
How is the White House responding? With another dazzling display of their competence. White House Accidentally E-Mails to Reporters Story That Maliki Supports Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan.
Looking like its under pressure from the White House, Iraq says the remarks were mistranslated or misunderstood. McCain is saying this talk of leaving is all due to the surge.