Skip to comments.Iraqi PM lashes out at Clinton, other U.S. critics(Good for him)
Posted on 08/26/2007 8:17:35 AM PDT by Kaslin
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hit back on Sunday at Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Hillary Clinton and other U.S. critics who have called for him to be replaced, telling them "to come to their senses."
Maliki is under mounting pressure from officials in Washington to show political progress towards reconciling his majority Shi'ite Muslim sect and minority Sunni Arabs. U.S. officials are frustrated by the negligible progress so far.
Clinton and fellow Democratic Senator Carl Levin, chairman of the Armed Services Committee, have called for Maliki to be voted out because of his failure to find a political solution to Iraq's bitter sectarian violence.
"There are American officials who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages, for example Hillary Clinton and Carl Levin," Maliki told a news conference.
"This is severe interference in our domestic affairs. Carl Levin and Hillary Clinton are from the Democratic Party and they must demonstrate democracy.
"I ask them to come back to their senses and to talk in a respectful way about Iraq."
Democrats in Congress have criticized President George W. Bush's Iraq policy and called for U.S. troops to begin pulling out as soon as possible.
Bush offered renewed support for Maliki last week but acknowledged that many were frustrated by the lack of political progress towards national reconciliation.
It is hard to keep this straight. When Maliki was buddying up to Iran and Syria a few days ago, he was a bad guy. Now.....he’s a good guy. Is Oceana our ally right now or or enemy?
and before you flame me, i have always supported the war. just not the execution of it.
Does anything ever enter those people’s minds that doesn’t cause them to run to a microphone to try and gain a political advantage?
Refreshing honesty. Thanks.
I hear you. Seems like he’s got this politician thing down.
“i’d say invading their country in the first place was a severe interference in their domestic affairs, too.”
Your point being what??????
Maliki needs to start bitching about the initial invasion????
For what purpose did you even write that? And whoever wrote that this was a great point needs to re-medicate sleep and repeat.
Yep, even to the point of usurping the the works by the sitting president (CIC) to achieve it.
As we are all left holding the bag for their worthless political drives.
I’d say 9/11 was a severe interference in our domestic affairs.
Why don’t the Rats actually tell the Iraqis exactly what they think i.e.,
We will be removing our troops so when Al-Qaida starts to murder you all at an alarming rate please die quietly we would not want to take the blame it.
sure it did... It set up those damn two America’s... You know the ones that were murdered by terrorists and the ones left behind to make sure it never happens again.
Yeah, quite a disturbance, I’d say.
Maliki isn’t perfect, but undermining the guy (which the dams are doing) is counterproductive.
Almost as much as domestic liberal representatives have been with their foreign policy shake down directed toward our own domestic sovereignty.
May I remind you that the war is a continuation of the first Gulf war?
You also have forgotten that the war is the continuation of the first Gulf war
I’m starting to like this guy. He’s got more moxie than any of our candidates.
Pray for W and Our Troops
I agree. This guy’s a disappointment and not a reliable friend, in my opinion.
The Prime Minister should not worry about what these congree idiiots over here have to say....
The only person he need to listen to is President Bush, we have the President’s back and the congress idiots have nothing but a flopping bottom jaw and alot of hot air....
hummm...come to think about it, thats where all the global warming is coming from the congress idiots.....
You are completely ignoring that Syria and Iran are neighbors to Iran
No kidding, You might have to post pictures of the WTC to penetrate the heads of the anti-war/Truther nuts.
MEANING that a little interference in domestic affairs in a place like Iraq isn’t neccessarily a bad thing. Seemed obvious to me what Vanbasten’s point was.
Maliki hasn’t been exactly grateful to the U.S. as far as I can tell.
I'm sure they'd much rather still be under the murderous rule of Saddam -
BTW, you 'out' yourself by using the word "invading" - rather than "liberating"
I mean what “thefactor”’s point was, of course.
The left never takes the blame for their own mess-ups and the DBM does not remind the public about them either.
I hope we get a Republican president in '08, but I want someone who will stand up to the DBM every time they lie about him. Tough, but doable or we are .....I hate to think about it.
Big difference. We removed the terrorist brutal Saddam Hussein regime which was too dangerous to keep after 9/11. The current Iraqi government is democratically elected and they are our allies as well.
Agree 100%. It is time to crush the terrorists in Iraq and not to destabilize the Iraqi government as the democrats are doing.
Then why didn't we attack Saudi Arabia and Egypt? No Iraqis were on those planes.
BUt his point is spot on; Although Ms. Hill has NOT apologized for her vote she does say it was a mistake. So in Hillary’s world: the US should not overturn a dictator like Saddam but should overturn a democratically elected Maliki. Go figure.
“Then why didn’t we attack Saudi Arabia and Egypt? No Iraqis were on those planes.”
I think you’ve been beamed back to the ship a few too many times Kirk.
By your logic, we shouldn’t have invaded Afghanistan. ‘There were no Afghani’s!’
lol, I knew you’d be on the right side of this. And your probably more knowledgeable than any of the others posting.
Man, you are on a roll today, another excellent post.
Presidential candidate, Senator Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) acknowledged that the Presidents surge strategy seems to be working, but called for Bush to bring the troops home before any more damage is done to my presidential campaign. The American people are not expecting success, they are not prepared for success, it could be too big of a shock to the system, Clinton contended.
Clinton recommended that before the troops come home they should first depose Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to shake things uplike we did in Vietnam when we deposed Diem.
In related news, al-Maliki said if U.S. troops pull out, he will find friends elsewhere. His aides are said to be working on a profile to be posted on MySpace.com.
And DBM = ?
"Dramatic Bowel Movements"?
Good riposte. BTTT.
Oh oh cap’n Kirk is up! Tell us cap’n why did we go to war against those innocent Germans and Italians they were no where near Pearl Harbor.
If our Democrat friends have noticed the floor tilting a bit, that's the scales of history beginning to measure out their just due for what they pulled in Vietnam.
Which, of course, is exactly what they intend to do to the Iraqis that we just liberated from Saddam, only this time the brighter Democrats have begun to realize......they could begin to get a reputation for this stuff!
And not a very savory one. Well, they're a couple of wars behind, but at last it's beginning to dawn on a few of them: When it gets down to the nut-cutting, you'd better be willing to stand up and stay standing until it's over.
Drive By Media....They just spew out claims and attacks without backing and "drive" on, often to state the same thing over an over using each other as references. I think Rush started using the expression.
If Maliki’s intention is to introduce a full Shiite Islamic fundamentalist repressive government, Iraqi democracy and civil rights are thrown out the window.
if we were allowed to fight this war the way war is supposed to be fought, we would be in a much more enviable position right now.
thank you very much ACLU and the democrats at large...
what-EVER. see post #46.
“Yeah, but you have to admit, Malikis forging ties with Iran could represent a huge step backwards.”
I’m unsure of his complete intentions. Look, the guy is in a tough spot, and the democrats aren’t helping. Perhaps, his negotiations with Iran are his plan B if we abandon him.
Irregardless of what his motives are, he must deal with Iran one way or another simply because of the geography. With Iraqi troops just beginning to pull their own weight, now is not the time for him to adopt a hard line with the Iranians.
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