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Posted: 7/19/2008 1:51:16 PM EST

Headlining Drudge:

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 was careful to back away from outright support for Obama. "Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans' business," he said. But then, apparently referring to Republican candidate John McCain's more open-ended Iraq policy, 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."

Iraq, Maliki went on to say, "would like to see the establishment of a long-term strategic treaty with the United States, which would govern the basic aspects of our economic and cultural relations." He also emphasized though that the security agreement between the two countries should only "remain in effect in the short term."

The comments by the Iraqi leader come as Obama embarks on a trip to both Afghanistan and Iraq as well as to Europe. Obama was in Afghanistan on Saturday to, as he said prior to his trip, "see what the situation on the ground is … and thank our troops for the heroic work that they've been doing." The exact itinerary of the candidate's trip has not been made public out of security concerns, but it is widely expected that he will arrive in Iraq on Sunday to meet with Maliki.


Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:53:52 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 1:54:17 PM EST by Pangea]
never mind
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:54:07 PM EST
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:54:16 PM EST
Maliki has a death wish.
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 1:55:20 PM EST
[Last Edit: 7/19/2008 1:55:38 PM EST by GUNSFORHIRE]
I say FOAD...Then start pumping your fucking oil to repay your debt to the US and its
fallen troops...
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 2:58:00 PM EST
Dont even get me started...
Link Posted: 7/19/2008 3:00:53 PM EST
Al-Maliki has two choices:

1: Consolidate power by looking like he's standing up to the Americans
2: Look like a lame duck by not standing up to the Americans

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