Saturday, July 19, 2008

Iraqi Government Agrees - We won, now time to leave

Today is victory in Iraq day.
Iraq Leader Maliki Supports Obama's Withdrawal Plans

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."
How have the Republicans responded to this resounding victory? According to Marc Armbinder, a Republican strategist emailed back simply "We're f*@%ed."

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.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Real Issue is that Senator Obama once again is outthinking and using his intelligence over the President/The Secretary of
State and Senator McCain. He has already made them change their policy of no timeline and 5 years (McCain). Americans wake up and don't be deceived by the Republican tricks that Senator Obama cannot handle these foreign governments. The Iraq minister is willing to have us withdrawal with a timetable with various conditions.....Vote for the person who will lead us out of the
Iraq situation so money can be freed up for the economic domestic war held daily in our country.