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Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan
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Posted on 07/19/2008 5:45:27 PM PDT by WilliamReading

A German magazine quoted Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki as saying that he backed a proposal by presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq within 16 months. Nuri al-Maliki told Der Spiegel that he favors a "limited" tenure for coalition troops in Iraq.

Nuri al-Maliki told Der Spiegel that he favors a "limited" tenure for coalition troops in Iraq.

"U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months," he said in an interview with Der Spiegel that was released Saturday.

"That, we think, would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes," he said.

But a spokesman for al-Maliki said his remarks "were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately."

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the possibility of troop withdrawal was based on the continuance of security improvements, echoing statements that the White House made Friday after a meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. President Bush.

(Excerpt) Read more at cnn.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: almaliki; derspiegel; foreignpolicy; iraq; maliki; obama; timetable; troopwithdrawal
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1 posted on 07/19/2008 5:45:27 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: WilliamReading

It appears that the whole controversy from Der Spiegel was a scam. Still, it worked to help Obama, which was the object.


2 posted on 07/19/2008 5:46:19 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: aflaak

ping


3 posted on 07/19/2008 5:48:33 PM PDT by r-q-tek86 (If you're not taking flak, you're not over the target.)
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To: Bahbah

You were right I was wrong. :-(
Ping!!


4 posted on 07/19/2008 5:49:00 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: WilliamReading

Unbelievable! If I could get a dime for every time this happens I’d be rich!


5 posted on 07/19/2008 5:51:33 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: Fox_Mulder77

LOL. Don’t doubt me :)


6 posted on 07/19/2008 5:52:32 PM PDT by Bahbah (Typical white person-Snow white)
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To: r-q-tek86

But a spokesman for al-Maliki said his remarks “were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately.”

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the possibility of troop withdrawal was based on the continuance of security improvements, echoing statements that the White House made Friday after a meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. President Bush.


7 posted on 07/19/2008 5:52:56 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: Bahbah
LOL. Don’t doubt me :)

Won't happen again ;-)

8 posted on 07/19/2008 5:57:11 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: WilliamReading

Obama operatives probably planted the article...........


9 posted on 07/19/2008 5:57:45 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heros have always been cowboys--Reagan and Bush)
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To: WilliamReading

OBAMA is a SCAM! Will the American Public figure that out before November 4th, 2008?

Lets pray to GOD that they do!


10 posted on 07/19/2008 5:58:16 PM PDT by NOBAMA in 08 (An Empty Suited Opportunist with No Redeeming Value!)
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To: yldstrk

I still don’t trust Maliki very much, to be honest.


11 posted on 07/19/2008 5:58:41 PM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: Bahbah

I sipped the kool aid and now I’m embarrassed.


12 posted on 07/19/2008 5:59:40 PM PDT by Fox_Mulder77
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To: WilliamReading

It should not help Obama if the OTHER SIDE in a negotiation agrees with him. But then he is never on our side. Obama is interfering in those negotiations.


13 posted on 07/19/2008 6:02:20 PM PDT by Williams
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To: WilliamReading

They do what the media likes to do when it doesn’t fit their views ... they mislead or even outright lie. Oh looky here, top of the hour ABC radio news is still misleading their listeners about Maliki’s statements.


14 posted on 07/19/2008 6:04:00 PM PDT by Red Steel
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To: WilliamReading
Maliki: Obama’s 16-month timetable sounds good; Update: Spiegel changes quote
15 posted on 07/19/2008 6:04:04 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: Williams

dude- hussien obama could take a dump in the middle of the road in broad daylight and the liberal media will make it seems as though he did something great....it is an uphill fight with a far leftist who the media loves because he’s black, has a chip on his shoulder and is ready to blame America at the drop of a hat.....


16 posted on 07/19/2008 6:08:59 PM PDT by God luvs America (When the silent majority speaks the earth trembles!)
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To: Red Steel
Funny how Obama's 16 month time frame fits "Bush's" tentative withdrawal plan....which was stated.....months ago...BUT ALWAYS carried a stipulation of "conditions on the ground".

Obama is simply using Bush's goals...A far cry from Obama's IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL dating back...6 months at the most.

And of course Obama's assessment was that the surge was a total, complete failure.

Obama simply knows nothing about war...He only understands "control" and communism.

17 posted on 07/19/2008 6:10:38 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: WilliamReading
I still don’t trust Maliki very much, to be honest.
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He didn't jump to embrace Obama’s 14 month time line in Jan 06 when the gov’t would have been overrun by islamists. To believe that this government will be comfortable embracing an American occupation of Iraq is naive and foolish. They are glad to be rid of Sadam but not in return for infidels occupying the “sacred” lands.You are right not to trust this guy. Also All Islam wants an Obama presidency because they perceive him as the “weak horse” A backhand slap at McCain by supporting Obama's position makes BHO look presidential and helps him get elected.

18 posted on 07/19/2008 6:12:36 PM PDT by photodawg (It's not about how hard you can hit. It's about how hard you can get hit ......Rocky Balboa)
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To: WilliamReading
As of 8:11 PM, the Drudgereport still ha the original, incomplete, and misquoted story on his headlines.

Not sure what's going on with Drudge when CNN can beat him to the punch with a follow up correction to the original story - especially this one.

Guess I stick with Free Republic if I want truly cutting edge updates. To hell with Matt Drudge.

19 posted on 07/19/2008 6:13:06 PM PDT by motoman
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To: WilliamReading
It's tough negotiating with these tribal powers.

Our forefathers suggested TWO Presidents....which was quickly seen as two men disagreeing FOREVER on the simplest of problems.

20 posted on 07/19/2008 6:18:06 PM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: motoman

I sent the info to Drudge, clearly Drudge doesn’t want to report this news.

I have been more than disappointed in Drudge of late, he appears to be in the tank for Obama and has been reluctant to report several news items that are valid.

He hurts himself with a large segment of the population by taking sides, but I guess he doesn’t really care about that.


21 posted on 07/19/2008 6:19:07 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: motoman

Guess I stick with Free Republic if I want truly cutting edge updates. To hell with Matt Drudge.


My impression is that Drudge is in the tank for Obama.


22 posted on 07/19/2008 6:20:41 PM PDT by PaleoBob
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To: Laverne

Sounds like just another media spin!!


23 posted on 07/19/2008 6:21:31 PM PDT by mouse1 ("whitey")
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To: WilliamReading

ping


24 posted on 07/19/2008 6:23:06 PM PDT by JessieHelmsJr
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To: WilliamReading

The worldwide media is determined to undercut our national security. They hate that we are the strongest nation on earth and that without us they are nothing.


25 posted on 07/19/2008 6:32:38 PM PDT by Carley
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To: Carley

I guess the Obamasiah will be in Iraq soon; it will give Maliki a chance to correct the record in front of Obama; that would work just fine.

Shame on Drudge, shame on the poodles in the media.

Presumably the news will be withheld until after the Sunday talk shows tomorrow morning!


26 posted on 07/19/2008 6:36:21 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: Laverne
In the Middle East, he is known as the: OBAMAHDI
27 posted on 07/19/2008 6:45:32 PM PDT by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: WilliamReading

Good rule of thumb here...
Trust nothing that you read in Der Spiegel about the US or our friends.


28 posted on 07/19/2008 6:45:49 PM PDT by Uriah_lost (Do you have your "bug out" plan ready?)
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To: WilliamReading

Transcript of Spiegel interview with Maliki:

http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,566852,00.html


29 posted on 07/19/2008 6:51:21 PM PDT by calcowgirl ("Liberalism is just Communism sold by the drink." P. J. O'Rourke)
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To: WilliamReading

Hey rats don’t you get it ... Drawing down troop strength in Iraq means the Surge worked... You cannot say you were in support of the surge because you werent so your plans to draw down the troops in 06 would have been a catatrophe and therefore makes you idiots...


30 posted on 07/19/2008 7:03:54 PM PDT by Typical_Whitey (Just wanted to be the first for a change so "Impeach Obama")
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To: Jeff Head

Drudge finally put it up on his site; not as the headline (still the big pic of Maliki and big headlines that he embraces Obama’s plan) but up higher and in red.

I sent it to him twice, plus last time I told him he was losing credibilitly because he is spinning and not reporting. I’m sure my input didn’t make a hill of beans, but it sure made me feel better.


31 posted on 07/19/2008 7:04:38 PM PDT by Laverne
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To: Laverne

Matt Drudge is such a big disappointment this time around.

I can’t believe the guy is an Obama lover. I don’t visit his site anymore.


32 posted on 07/19/2008 7:13:29 PM PDT by Ben Reyes (Can I Buy Offset for My Carbon Footprint on Layaway?)
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To: Laverne

Larry Elder is so right about these so-called ‘journalists.’ They really are ‘wannabe opinionmakers-spinners’. Very few are legit journalists.


33 posted on 07/19/2008 7:16:59 PM PDT by Ben Reyes (Can I Buy Offset for My Carbon Footprint on Layaway?)
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To: Ben Reyes

I don’t think any of them tell the truth. It’s like reporting in arrears. You read something and have to wait to see if it happens.


34 posted on 07/19/2008 7:21:03 PM PDT by berdie
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To: Ben Reyes
Its TIME to SLAM the Drudge Report's Tip line with DEMANDS for Matt to PULL DOWN THIS HEADLINE ( IN red) INVOLVING A FALSE QUOTE FROM MALIKI . Matt Drudge knows this is a lie and is a Obama media whore and its time for Freepers to fight back by flooding his Phony Tips link !Start treating Matt for what he really is just another Obama media cheerleader.
35 posted on 07/19/2008 8:00:15 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Laverne

I wonder if Matt sees a decrease in traffic on his site lately...the endless Obamamercial sure keeps me away.


36 posted on 07/19/2008 8:11:08 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: Laverne

Drudge seems to revel in headlines that harm the administration.

Further, I noticed that all the news this evening spun the lie for Obama, ignoring the comments by Maliki.


37 posted on 07/19/2008 8:14:43 PM PDT by Carley
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To: Typical_Whitey
Good old lefty William posted to me that this Left wing German rag/tabloid was a very fair magazine . This Obama drone did not realized I lived in Germany for 6 mos with my wife whose parents are German.
38 posted on 07/19/2008 8:22:32 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: WilliamReading

Well who would’ve ever guessed Der Spiegel would mistranslate? DUH!


39 posted on 07/19/2008 8:22:40 PM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Bahbah

LOL!


40 posted on 07/19/2008 8:27:02 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: Miss Didi
I heard that Matt
started to subcontract with Breitbart to run his website. Breit is also running the Huffing ton Post ! So I think we know what is going on here . The radical left wing(Obama front group) the Huffing ton Post owned by David Geffen is in charge of the Drudge Report .Do you think Matt is a regular at David Geffen parties ? We all know Arianna married one of his comrades.
41 posted on 07/19/2008 8:43:34 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: chris_bdba

Der Spiegel was notorious for publishing parts of the FAKE Hitler Diaries in the 80s.


42 posted on 07/19/2008 9:42:50 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: WilliamReading

This guy perhaps has an ambivalent feelings toward the issue. As an Iraqi Muslim, he’d prefer the US to leave as soon as possible. As somebody who has tasted power and thinks strategically, he knows that at least for a short to intermediate period of time, without the US military his country would turn into chaos in a minute and he will not hold any important position any more.


43 posted on 07/19/2008 9:43:52 PM PDT by paudio (Like it or not, 'conservatism' is a word with many meanings. Yours may be different from mine.)
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To: rfp1234

I stand self-corrected, it was “Der Stern”. Interesting article here.
http://www.spiegel.de/international/zeitgeist/0,1518,548962,00.html


44 posted on 07/19/2008 9:46:27 PM PDT by rfp1234 (Phodopus campbelli: household ruler since July 2007.)
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To: yldstrk
What I said on the thread that was pulled. You can't believe anything the media prints.

As a poster above stated, it was to help Obama.

45 posted on 07/19/2008 10:17:51 PM PDT by BARLF
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To: Sacajaweau

Nailed it!


46 posted on 07/19/2008 10:47:05 PM PDT by Earthdweller
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To: yldstrk

Coinkidink that it happened as Obama is set to visit Germany. German papers were also floating the idea of Obama speaking at Brandenburg Gate like JFK and Kennedy... which Merkel quickly dismissed as silly.


47 posted on 07/20/2008 12:46:15 AM PDT by sanchmo
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To: paudio

Even putting the translation by Der Spiegel aside, we are fooling ourselves if we think that Maliki didn’t know that this would help Obama and hurt McCain.

Just as Maliki has publicly supported the Hezbollah group, I am sure he also would prefer to see Obama elected President.


48 posted on 07/20/2008 5:16:12 AM PDT by WilliamReading
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To: avacado; jveritas

Ping!


49 posted on 07/20/2008 5:29:55 AM PDT by Allegra (Ain't it grand? I'm back in the sand...)
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To: ncalburt
The same Breitbart who appears as a conservative on Fox & Friends? I wonder if Matt has noticed less traffic on his site...it's an Obamamercial.

The Drudge Report in the "old" days would look like this:



50 posted on 07/20/2008 6:00:37 AM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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