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Maliki: I Support Obama’s Withdrawal Timetable (W-T-* ALERT)
Fox News ^ | 7/19/2008

Posted on 07/19/2008 5:12:50 PM PDT by markomalley

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told a German magazine that he supports Barack Obama’s plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months of taking office.

The apparent endorsement of a cornerstone of Obama’s foreign policy drew swift praise from the Obama camp. But the White House stressed that any timelines are contingent on “security gains” in the region.

“U.S. 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,” al-Maliki told the magazine Der Spiegel. He said he wants U.S. troops to leave “as soon as possible.”

The comments come ahead of Obama’s scheduled meeting with al-Maliki. Obama, who is touring both Afghanistan and Iraq for the first time since becoming a presidential candidate, arrived Saturday in Afghanistan, where he is meeting with U.S. troops.

“Senator Obama welcomes Prime Minister Maliki’s support for a 16 month timeline for the redeployment of U.S combat brigades,” Obama foreign policy adviser Susan Rice said in a statement Saturday. “This presents an important opportunity to transition to Iraqi responsibility, while restoring our military and increasing our commitment to finish the fight in Afghanistan.”

Al-Maliki said for the first time earlier this month that the U.S. military should work toward a timetable for withdrawal — something President Bush and Obama’s rival John McCain oppose. The White House also reported Friday that Iraq and the United States are discussing a “general time horizon” for reductions in troop levels.

Both developments gave Obama fuel in his argument that U.S. involvement in Iraq soon must draw to a close. But al-Maliki’s comments to Der Spiegel seemingly were the deepest the foreign leader has waded into the tense foreign policy debate between the two major presidential candidates.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 2008; almaliki; backstab; ingrate; iraq; notbreaking; oldnews; propagandawingofdnc; timetable; troopwithdrawal
WTF?

If this story is accurate (and that is a big if), then I truly mourn for the troops' sacrifice over there.

1 posted on 07/19/2008 5:12:50 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley
It's inaccurate. Maliki disputes the quote made in that German rag.
2 posted on 07/19/2008 5:15:20 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: markomalley

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/2048159/posts?page=38

http://hotair.com/archives/2008/07/19/maliki-obamas-16-month-timetable-sounds-good


3 posted on 07/19/2008 5:16:44 PM PDT by AliVeritas (Westboro's smoking rope, we have help in heaven now. Snoq)
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To: markomalley

Getting played by the media. There’s no time table. Maliki agrees only in principle that at some point a withdrawal should happen...when the conditions are right.


4 posted on 07/19/2008 5:16:49 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: markomalley
BERLIN - Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki says U.S. troops should leave Iraq "as soon as possible," according to a magazine report, and he called presidential candidate Barack Obama's suggestion of 16 months "the right timeframe for a withdrawal."

Somebody is doing way too many recreational drugs. When did "as soon as possible" become 16 months?

5 posted on 07/19/2008 5:17:27 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (The U.S. Constitution was not written to protect those who want to destroy America.)
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To: mimaw

gotta link?


6 posted on 07/19/2008 5:17:32 PM PDT by flyfree
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To: mimaw

The Germans are doing everything they can to get Obama elected. I hope no one attacks them while he is in office, because Obama won’t be much help I’m afraid.


7 posted on 07/19/2008 5:17:40 PM PDT by autumnraine
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To: markomalley

This is nonsense, although Obama is busy about jumping to the head of the parade, trying to say that Bush’s plan had been his plan all along.


8 posted on 07/19/2008 5:18:12 PM PDT by Mad_Tom_Rackham ("The land of the Free...Because of the Brave")
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To: markomalley

He wants a weak President so he can get away with anything he wants IMO.


9 posted on 07/19/2008 5:18:58 PM PDT by allmost
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To: Mad_Tom_Rackham

You are right..this is ridiculous.

Of course Malaki is going to say that!! His country doesn’t want us there longer than we need to be..and he has to be political about not being a puppet of the US,


10 posted on 07/19/2008 5:23:52 PM PDT by Recovering Ex-hippie (WE NEED A TROOP SURGE IN CHICAGO !)
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To: markomalley

America would like to be out of Iraq in 16 months, too. I would like to be out in 16 months. I’m sure the troops would love to be done with Iraq in 16 months.

All of the above is true.

Maliki will reassess with everyone else if his government is not yet secure. He left that open-ended.

“As soon as possible” does not mean “immediately.” The trouble with translating such a line is that the words don’t literally mean what the phrase has come to mean.


11 posted on 07/19/2008 5:24:13 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain -- Those denying the War was Necessary Do NOT Support the Troops!)
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To: markomalley

Fellow muslims supporting each other.


12 posted on 07/19/2008 5:38:12 PM PDT by Finalapproach29er (Democrats still want to Impeach Pres. Bush and/or VP Cheney; keep your eye on these House hearings.)
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To: markomalley
Everybody wants them to leave ASAP. 16 days would be great, 16 years is probably more realistic. 16 decades might be possible too.
13 posted on 07/19/2008 5:38:34 PM PDT by BallyBill (Serial Hit-N-Run poster)
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To: mimaw

And now Drudge is running the Headline that some WH staffer hit the wrong button on his keyboard and sent this story in email form to the Press Corp by mistake?

Ya, Ok ~ http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/07/white-house-acc.html

Here’s my take ~ The Bush Administration, by way of making their little “mistake”, which you state Maliki has already denied, now forces Maliki into clarification on this while BO has the world audience and their attention. (Unless they are watching American Idol reruns or something).

I refuse to believe that GWB will hang his soldiers out to dry like that. He honors their sacrifice, and will Complete the Mission.

JMHO

(Would be a nice plan, if that’s the case.)


14 posted on 07/19/2008 5:47:33 PM PDT by IwaCornDogs ("There Will Be Bamboozeling" ~ Nobama 08')
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To: markomalley

al-Maliki’s statement that 16 months seems about right is as close to an endorsement of Obama as any foreign leader is going to go. The political impact of al-Maliki’s statement will be huge.
It is serious political capital for the Obama campaign.


15 posted on 07/19/2008 5:47:42 PM PDT by jamese777
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To: mimaw
“It's inaccurate. Maliki disputes the quote made in that German rag.”

Doesn't matter, the fascist have spoken. The correction will get next to no notice. Dems know how to play this manipulative game all too well. 60% of Americans are idiots.

16 posted on 07/19/2008 5:51:34 PM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21

Too much to hope Americans will realize Obama is running for the AMERICAN presidency and getting the other side in negotiations to agree with him is not an accomplishment?


17 posted on 07/19/2008 5:59:39 PM PDT by Williams
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To: markomalley
Maliki: Obama’s 16-month timetable sounds good; Update: Spiegel changes quote
18 posted on 07/19/2008 6:02:14 PM PDT by shield (A wise man's heart is at his RIGHT hand;but a fool's heart at his LEFT. Ecc 10:2)
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To: IwaCornDogs
Obama media WHORE ,Matt DRUDGE posts this LIE in headlines and knows its a bunch of crap. Does Soros OWN the Drudge Report or does David Geffen own it like he owns the Huffington website ?
19 posted on 07/19/2008 6:06:54 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: flyfree

Ran across Fox News Ticker.


20 posted on 07/19/2008 6:19:04 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: All
We need to start an "obama's Excellent Adventure Thread"

He even looks like Pee Wee now that I think of it.

21 posted on 07/19/2008 6:22:41 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: markomalley

Typical of the new and improved FNC. Never verify, but if it’s good for Obama then run with the story.


22 posted on 07/19/2008 6:37:44 PM PDT by Carley
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To: Las Vegas Ron
Here's a photo for when you get the thread started ... Photobucket
23 posted on 07/19/2008 6:54:57 PM PDT by IwaCornDogs ("There Will Be Bamboozeling" ~ Nobama 08')
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To: markomalley

People, People come now... Drawing down some of the emassed troop strength in Iraq has always been the plan... When conditions on the ground, in country warranted it and guess what.... If the conditions warrant it then the SURGE WAS A SUCCESS... You cannot walk around and say I would have pulled the troops out of Iraq in 06 and the success would still be there today.... The issue has never been about the number of troops in Iraq the issue has always been about victory ... Think tactics, think from a military perspective... Drawing our troops down is a victory for George W. Bush it means Iraq is stable and isn’t that the Goal?


24 posted on 07/19/2008 6:59:20 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Just wanted to be the first for a change so "Impeach Obama")
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To: IwaCornDogs
Excellent...I'd love the idea but I don't have the time to devote to it. I'd hate to just post and run.

That is really a great pic!!

25 posted on 07/19/2008 7:03:03 PM PDT by Las Vegas Ron (Election '08, the year McCain defined the word "dilemma")
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To: markomalley
Here's the FR report that Maliki is disputing the account (which is funny because Barack has already reacted to the bad information, thus showing once again that he is NOT READY TO BE PRESIDENT)

Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan

26 posted on 07/19/2008 8:03:12 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: markomalley

Stay out of our election Maliki.

If terrorists overthrough his government it would be what he deserved.

Eventually these people will have to grow a backbone.


27 posted on 07/19/2008 9:03:47 PM PDT by Impy (Hey Barack, you're ugly and your wife smells.)
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To: Finalapproach29er
Fellow muslims supporting each other.

That thought crossed my mind as well....Wait, oh yeah, Obama's not a Muslim,...nevermind....

28 posted on 07/19/2008 10:06:28 PM PDT by happygrl
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To: markomalley

Obama’s arrogance even surpasses that of cornerstone Dems like Pelosi, travelling abroad and making premature foreign policy she has no business or authority to make.
He is now engaged in a transparent attempt to show America just how popular he is across the world, but it’s all spin.
The rest of the world’s leaders are ambivalent at best about him, except in the Muslim world. This is indeed very strange strategy, and it is bound to backfire on him/
I hope his handlers and advisers are as arrogant as he is, and don’t see it coming, and keep telling him it’s OK to do what he’s doing/


29 posted on 07/20/2008 7:16:26 AM PDT by supremedoctrine
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To: markomalley

I don’t know why America is even going to have an election. Obama has already made plans for a basketball court, troop pullout time table, negotiating with terrorist nations, making plans for a private army, and all kinds of work ups.
McCain is setting back and trying to be a laid back President of the U.S. and the U.S. can not have a Pres. that doesn’t have some type or pickup about them. Obama and others act as though he has already been elected and only waiting for the turnover time.


30 posted on 07/20/2008 7:30:28 AM PDT by AIC
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To: markomalley
If this story is accurate (and that is a big if), then I truly mourn for the troops' sacrifice over there.

It's been debunked by Maliki himself and others. It's just another Obamagasm by the media.

31 posted on 07/20/2008 7:32:31 AM PDT by Allegra (Ain't it grand? I'm back in the sand...)
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To: DAC21
As a matter of fact, i.e. with 100% certainty I can state the following:

1. Besides 4-5% of the voters, mostly political junkies on the internet, no one is really paying attention to this story or many other political stories this early in the campaign.

2. Obama now has to admit that we have won the war in Iraq or at least he has to recognize that we have been greatly successful in crushing Al Qaeda terrorists and the terrorists allied with Iran. For him to do this means that he has admitted for being a defeatist and wrong for so many years.

3. Long before elections day arrives the majority of voters would have realized that our Victory in Iraq is due to President Bush strong leadership, the leadership of people like John McCain, and most of all the incredible professionalism and bravery of our US military. The majority of voters will never give Obama any credit for our Victory in Iraq and they will always see him as a defeatist who should never become President and Commander in Chief.

32 posted on 07/20/2008 7:44:33 AM PDT by jveritas (God Bless President Bush and our brave troops)
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To: markomalley

Mr. Maliki should be made aware that he is responding to the plans of Chauncey Gardiner.


33 posted on 07/20/2008 11:30:16 AM PDT by eleni121 (EN TOUTO NIKA!! +)
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To: AliVeritas

Maliki can go Ph*ck a rope...Our men have died there...this POS, if he endorses Obama, can go to hell...


34 posted on 07/20/2008 6:46:33 PM PDT by nikos1121 (The first black president of the US should be at least a "Jackie Robinson.")
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