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Breaking: Iraqi PM denies backing Obama's withdrawal plan
Chinaview.cn ^ | July 20, 2008 | Sun Yunlong

Posted on 07/20/2008 7:16:02 AM PDT by Kleebo151

BAGHDAD, July 20 (Xinhua) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki denied that he has released statements backing a plan of Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama which sets a timeframe for possible U.S. troops withdrawal from Iraq, the government's spokesman said on Sunday.

Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Maliki's statements to German magazine Der Spiegel "have been misunderstood and mistranslated and were not conveyed accurately regarding the vision of Senator Barack Obama on the timeframe for U.S. forces withdrawal from Iraq."

(Excerpt) Read more at news.xinhuanet.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: almaliki; dayoldnews; denial; iraq; liberalmedia; notbreaking; obama; timetable; troopwithdrawal; withdrawl
The denial is now being reported by CNN: link. This is a huge blow to the liberal media and its already damaged reputation.

See also reactions from conservative blogs Hot Air and Red State.

Here's my take: Why didn't US media outlets attempt to confirm the veracity of the German magazine's claims?

1 posted on 07/20/2008 7:16:03 AM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: Kleebo151

Hey Obama! Better put some ice on that!!


2 posted on 07/20/2008 7:17:42 AM PDT by airborne (Don't hate me because I'm white!)
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To: airborne

It’s laughable that Obama’s meeting with Karzai, too. He just finish telling Karzai that he was a do nothing shitehead.


3 posted on 07/20/2008 7:22:07 AM PDT by Sacajaweau (I'm planting corn...Have to feed my car...)
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To: Kleebo151
Why didn't US media outlets attempt to confirm the veracity of the German magazine's claims?

Get confirmation? Why on earth would they want to do that?!?

On a more serious note, they didn't because the story matches the action line. The action line is the direction the drive-by’s want the story to go. In this case they want the U.S. out of Iraq. Preferably in defeat, but they will take our being forced to leave by the Iraqi government that we fought to install. Anything that humiliates the U.S. and minimizes the accomplishments on our troops.

If you understand the concept of the action line all the activities of the drive-by's become understandable. If you don't you may be left scratching your head.

4 posted on 07/20/2008 7:26:56 AM PDT by Cheburashka (Democratic Underground: Ever wonder where all those who took the brown acid at Woodstock wound up?)
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To: Kleebo151
Here's my take: Why didn't US media outlets attempt to confirm the veracity of the German magazine's claims?

The media's due diligence and fact checking is reserved solely for Republicans.

5 posted on 07/20/2008 7:27:36 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Starboard

Our straight arrow, non-biased media is not likely to fact check something which makes the Obamessiah look good! Actually, I’m amazed they are reporting the fact that their earlier story was a lie. I would have thought they would just sort of skip over that and go on to the next fluff piece about their hero.


6 posted on 07/20/2008 7:35:03 AM PDT by Oldpuppymax (AGENDA OF THE LEFT EXPOSED)
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To: Cheburashka

Our American Born reporters can go to Hell for the treason and lies they have regurgitated upon us for the past 40 years!
The Foreign Born reporters are already bound for Burning Lands.


7 posted on 07/20/2008 7:35:57 AM PDT by redstateconfidential (If you are the smartest person in the room,you are hanging out with the wrong people.)
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To: Kleebo151
From the CNN link:
McCain does not think American troops should return to the United States until Iraqi forces are capable of maintaining a safe, democratic state.

Good idea.

Under Truman, 30,000 Americans were killed in 30 months* in Korea, because, under Truman, our troops had been withdrawn** when S. Korea was still weak.

*July 1950 - January 1953

**Our troops were withdrawn in 1949, 4 years after we freed S. Korea from decades of Japanese occupation.

Why doesn't anyone ask what Saddam be doing now, if we hadn't removed him from power?

8 posted on 07/20/2008 7:41:11 AM PDT by syriacus (Democrats got THEIR "change" in Election 2006. Are WE better off now?)
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To: Kleebo151
I love it! Obambi was probably gloating over the news yesterday and could not wait to get his photo ops in with his new ally. This morning I bet he can't even get it up!
9 posted on 07/20/2008 7:44:02 AM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: potlatch; PhilDragoo; ntnychik; MeekOneGOP; Jeff Head; Grampa Dave; Travis McGee; PGalt; ...



10 posted on 07/20/2008 7:56:55 AM PDT by devolve (- "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." Press #2 for English)
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To: Kleebo151

Meanwhile, Drudge’s top story as I type this is the false claim that Maliki supports Obama’s withdrawal plan. Years ago, Drudge would have been the first to pick up the denial. Now he plays dumb.


11 posted on 07/20/2008 7:59:18 AM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: Kleebo151

Drudge has sooo lost his creds.


12 posted on 07/20/2008 8:02:30 AM PDT by altura
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To: syriacus
Why doesn't anyone ask what Saddam be doing now, if we hadn't removed him from power?

Humans seldom ask such questions or give credit for averting disasters that never happened.

Angels are needed to make men see.


13 posted on 07/20/2008 8:03:13 AM PDT by Polybius
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To: devolve

buuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmp !!!


14 posted on 07/20/2008 8:07:47 AM PDT by MeekOneGOP (McRINO needs reach across the aisle to Conservatives for a CHANGE! Dang him!!!)
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To: Kleebo151
Ali al-Dabbagh said in a statement that Maliki's statements to German magazine Der Spiegel "have been misunderstood and mistranslated and were not conveyed accurately regarding the vision of Senator Barack Obama on the timeframe for U.S. forces withdrawal from Iraq purposefully rewritten by a marxist running dog propagandist for Obama who is only pretending to be a reporter... like the rest of them."

There. Fixed it.

15 posted on 07/20/2008 8:07:59 AM PDT by Seruzawa (American Government: Providing Middle Class Incomes to Unemployables for Over 200 Years!)
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To: Kleebo151

Why does this seem like deja vu? Didn’t some democRat do this same thing about a year ago?


16 posted on 07/20/2008 8:10:41 AM PDT by gitmo (From now on, ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put.)
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To: Kleebo151

Der Spiegel reporting is about as trustworthy as The Nation. It is so bad it makes Newsweek look good by comparison.


17 posted on 07/20/2008 8:11:38 AM PDT by Melchior
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To: altura

What does Drudge have to do with this?


18 posted on 07/20/2008 8:12:57 AM PDT by Vision (The light of the body is the eye, if your eye is true all your body will be full of light. Matt 6:22)
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To: Starboard
The media's due diligence and fact checking is reserved solely for Republicans.

That is not true, the media will propagate any lie told about Republicans as if it were the absolute truth.

19 posted on 07/20/2008 8:13:26 AM PDT by reg45
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To: Starboard

Wonder if the “clarification” will make the front page of tomorrow’s newspapers, since the “endorsement” was above-the-fold front page stuff on my two papers this morning...


20 posted on 07/20/2008 8:13:38 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (...forward this to your 10 very best friends....)
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To: Kleebo151

The press got it bass-ackwards wrong last week too:

Iraq News

Rubaie denies halt of Iraq-US security pact

Tuesday, July 15, 2008 06:25 GMT

Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite Network

Iraq’s National Security Advisor Mowaffaq Al Rubaie denied reports saying that Washington and Baghdad have ended efforts to reach an agreement on the status of US Forces in Iraq before President George W Bush leaves office.
In an interview with the CNN, Al Rubaie announced that the article published by the Washington Post is untrue saying that Iraq and the US are working hard to reach an agreement by the end of July.

Earlier, the Post cited senior US officials as saying that Iraq and US will opt for an interim deal instead. It added that the “bridge” security document would be limited in both time and scope and would allow basic US military operations to continue once the UN mandate ended, which would likely covers till 2009 only.

It is to be noted that in the past week Iraqi leaders have evoked what they call a memorandum of understanding while Prime Minister Nuri Al Maliki has also raised for the first time the prospect of a timetable withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. Iraqi Vice President Tarek Al Hashemi approved this demand as well. The document is expected to include as well a “time horizon”, with specific goals for a US troop withdrawal from Baghdad and other cities and installations.
One ought to mention that while violence in Iraq has dropped to its lowest in 4 years and Iraqi security forces are commanding military operations, internal pressures are increasing on Iraq to set dates for a withdrawal of US Forces

The Newspaper noted that Al Maliki’s political opponents would likely cash in on the issue of an undefined US troop presence in provincial elections later this year.
The most debated unresolved issue was the legal immunity of US troops in Iraq which US officials have said it is non-negotiable, the Post added.

© 2007 Alsumaria Iraqi Satellite Network


21 posted on 07/20/2008 8:15:30 AM PDT by angkor (Conservatism is not now and never has been a religious movement.)
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To: Polybius
Humans seldom ask such questions or give credit for averting disasters that never happened.

Good point.

22 posted on 07/20/2008 8:17:21 AM PDT by syriacus (Democrats got THEIR "change" in Election 2006. Are WE better off now?)
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To: Kleebo151

Some Iraqis are quite annoyed about this whole fiasco.


23 posted on 07/20/2008 8:18:26 AM PDT by Allegra (Ain't it grand? I'm back in the sand...)
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To: Kleebo151

BTTT! I wondered about this previous statement coming out. The lamestream media at work????


24 posted on 07/20/2008 8:24:33 AM PDT by Salvation (†With God all things are possible.†)
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To: reg45
That is not true, the media will propagate any lie told about Republicans as if it were the absolute truth.

I think you missed my point. What I'm saying is that anything Dems (and their allies in the media) say is accepted at face value whereas everything Republicans say is subject to intense scrutiny and critical review. Its simply a double standard that is applied. That said, your point about the media's propagation of lies is also true.

25 posted on 07/20/2008 8:27:20 AM PDT by Starboard
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To: Kleebo151

Why would we not want to have a presence in such a strategic position?? Sitting right next to Iran and Syria, come on. Course the Establishment Media went with a story making him look Presidential, he’s their candidate.

Pray for W and Our Freedom Fighters


26 posted on 07/20/2008 8:30:43 AM PDT by bray (Drill Congress!!)
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To: devolve

BTTT!


27 posted on 07/20/2008 8:37:28 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: bray; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Jeff Head; Grampa Dave; devolve; MeekOneGOP; gonzo
Why would we not want to have a presence in such a strategic position?? Sitting right next to Iran and Syria, come on.

Think of Hussein as the Islamists' fellow traveller, mole, agent-in-place.

When the stuff hits the fan, he will stand with the Muslims.


28 posted on 07/20/2008 8:38:50 AM PDT by PhilDragoo (Hitlery: das Butch von Buchenvald)
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To: Kleebo151
Years ago, Drudge would have been the first to pick up the denial. Now he plays dumb.

The old Drudge we knew and loved would also have these pics leading, too.



29 posted on 07/20/2008 8:39:26 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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To: Seruzawa

Excellent fix.


30 posted on 07/20/2008 8:43:57 AM PDT by Laverne
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To: Miss Didi



31 posted on 07/20/2008 8:45:18 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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To: Miss Didi

Too late, page A1 top of the fold LA times, as I knew it would be. The correction will be no where to be found.


32 posted on 07/20/2008 8:46:47 AM PDT by DAC21
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To: DAC21
I find the Daily News headline (big lib tabloid) very telling--Obama campaigns with troops...

Is that what this is a campaign stop or a fact-finding mission? Who is paying for this trip anyway?
33 posted on 07/20/2008 8:56:29 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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To: Kleebo151

Why didn’t they try to confirm the story? LOL, well hell, why let the facts get in the way of a great story?

See, the story is page one o the right above the fold, the correction is page 22 buried among the grocery ads.

Problem is the keep forgetting about the web.


34 posted on 07/20/2008 8:58:41 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: Kleebo151
Drudge Is Head Cheerleader for Obama Media Whores.
I suggest we all slam his TIPS line and demand he pull this LIE off his Headlines( in Red) . Matt Drudge is a disgrace and just another Obama media groupie !
35 posted on 07/20/2008 9:00:46 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Kleebo151

As of 10.30 EST the retraction was on the DRUDGE site. It is still there and highlighted in red.


36 posted on 07/20/2008 9:02:59 AM PDT by lexusppd
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To: Kleebo151
Why didn't US media outlets attempt to confirm the veracity of the German magazine's claims?

Maybe because:

White House Accidentally E-Mails to Reporters Story That Maliki Supports Obama Iraq Withdrawal Plan

37 posted on 07/20/2008 9:06:58 AM PDT by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Starboard

Obviously, we are both right!


38 posted on 07/20/2008 9:14:16 AM PDT by reg45
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To: lexusppd
As of 10.30 EST the retraction was on the DRUDGE site. It is still there and highlighted in red.

But why is the lie in big bold letter, still the top news, while the retraction is on tiny letters?

39 posted on 07/20/2008 9:17:59 AM PDT by Kleebo151
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To: Sacajaweau

obamawama is proving what the voters already know, he’s arrogant empty suit who has no clue on how to deal with ANYONE WHO DOES NOT AGREE WITH HIS WORDS OF WISDOM.


40 posted on 07/20/2008 9:25:13 AM PDT by chiefqc
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To: Kleebo151
exactly, Drudge buries the denial under a BOLD Faced lie in massive headlines ( in red) cooked up by the German and British press. Is Drudge on the take from Soros or Geffen
or both ?
41 posted on 07/20/2008 9:38:17 AM PDT by ncalburt
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To: Kleebo151

Wouldn’t it now be wonderful if Nuri al-Maliki was busy when Obambi decided to stop in Bagdad? You know like running a country rather than posing like he is?


42 posted on 07/20/2008 10:14:50 AM PDT by chris_bdba
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To: Kleebo151

It never did make any sense that Maliki would say something like that openly even if he did agree.


43 posted on 07/20/2008 10:40:06 AM PDT by Republican Wildcat
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To: devolve

Nice posting!


44 posted on 07/20/2008 1:26:32 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: potlatch

.

Thanks potlatch -

I added 3 more new .gifs to that .gif


45 posted on 07/20/2008 1:30:33 PM PDT by devolve ( "Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it." - Elect a cokehead '08 !)
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To: devolve

Yes, I commented on it in another reply.


46 posted on 07/20/2008 1:33:47 PM PDT by potlatch (MICHELLE OBAMA - The gift that just keeps on giving....!)
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To: Vision

Sorry I failed to reply ... I was not on for a while.

In case you didn’t read the other responses regarding Drudge, people are annoyed because he 1) featured the big headline about the PM agreeing with the Obama plan (without doing any investigation) and then,
2) when it was denied, he continued to go with the original story only showing a small disclaimer underneath.

But I think there is just a general disillusionment with Drudge. He used to be cutting edge and pretty conservative. I think he’s now resting on his laurels and his money and trying to be a main stream guy.


47 posted on 07/20/2008 5:51:26 PM PDT by altura
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