Skip to comments.Maliki Aide's Statement Came After U.S. Call
Posted on 07/20/2008 1:04:29 PM PDT by mojito
The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel "misinterpreted and mistranslated" followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq. Maliki had expressed support for a withdrawal plan similar to that of presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama in an interview with Der Speigel. U.S. troops should leave Iraq "As soon as possible, as far as we're concerned," Maliki had said. "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." But after the Spiegel interview was published and began generating headlines Saturday, officials at the U.S. embassy in Baghdad contacted Maliki's office to express concern and seek clarification on the remarks, according to White House spokesman Scott Stanzel. Later in the day, a Maliki aide released a statement saying the remarks had been misinterpreted, though without citing specific comments.
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Obama is an moron, the MSM and the left wing netroots are going hold him to that 16 month time frame and when it comes and goes and we still have troops there at whatever level, he will be pressured to do something and untimely cost more American and Iraqi lives
Of course democrats don't care about American soldiers lives so par for the course
If this is a true reflection of the Iraqi government’s wishes, then I say get the hell out of Iraq, now. Don’t leave even one American behind. I’ve been very pro-war, but heck, if this is the thanks we get, then to hell with the lot of them.
We would just have to come back and kill more terrorists.
yes. I think about all the US troops that have given their lives and continue to. Wow. Just wow.
“Of course democrats don’t care about American soldiers lives so par for the course.”
Interesting comment. I suppose the fight but don’t win mentality which marked the efforts of both political parties in Vietnam and Korea is substantially different from the brilliance of our fight, die, come home smashed to pieces but for God’s sake don’t offend our dear friends the practitioners of the Religion of Peace. That shows a real, deep and abiding concern for the well being of our soldiers, right Pop?
Need 30,000 permanently and a base out in the desert. That’s ther way it will end up.
I've been thinking that for some time now. All of our soldier's sacrifice, and they will still end up hating our guts. If this is true, then I say bring our soldiers back home.
It’s Obama getting thrown under the bus this time!!!!
If we have to do that for whatever reason, we can do it from the air - not with our soldiers down on the ground.
So freaking what, Dan Eggen?!
If I were President I would want to know exactly what the Prime Minister meant as well.
(The Politico) President Bush said today if the Iraqi government were to ask the United States to leave Iraq, he would grant the request.
"We are there at the invitation of the Iraqi government. This is a sovereign nation. Twelve million people went to the polls to approve a constitution. It's their government's choice, the president said during a Rose Garden news conference. "If they were to say leave, we would leave."
Last week, The Politico reported that some Republican leaders in Congress held the same view.
Ryan Grim Copyright 2007 POLITICO
It was the Iranians that Played the Americans...
The Iranians are trying to elect a president that would be a disaster to the Americans..
The Americans need to wake up to the fact, and i believe that 911 was orchestrated by the Iranians so they could continue their Nuclear development...
Thats my opinion, all organized by the Iranians... Thats my take on things
War By Proxy and why we must win.
The Iranians are trying to elect a president that would be a disaster to the Americans.
With due respect, I don't think it's the Iranians voting our President. It's dumb Americans voting. The Mullahs merely hope for Americans to be stupid enough to vote for Obama.
What will Americans do about it????
Nothing, if they cant even confront an Iran that has NO nuclear weapons now, how the hell are they going to kick out Iran from Iraq in 2 years???
We are so freaking doomed...
At least ill have the pleasure of seeing the environmentalists go ape shit when the first nuclear bomb starts detonating...what a joke..
What if Maliki said get out in six months? He's out and someone else is in.
They are not dumb, they learned in Israel and are applying it in Iraq....
I remember in an Interview with B. Clinton after 911, they asked him who he thought had done it, and he mention B. Laden and the Iranians...Here is one guy who had internal documents to bring up the Iranians...
If we pull out, it will make the fall of Saigon look like Sunday picnic. Only this time we won’t be able to rescue
What is wrong with the US asking for clarification of what Maliki said? Afterall, Bush/Maliki agreed on Friday to a long term strategy with a time horizon, not a time line and no specific withdrawal dates.
The media hubub over this is absurd; in standard format they are rooting for the Obambi.
I don’t doubt for one minute that Der Speigel intentionally tuned quotes in order to help the Obambi with is upcoming trip to Germany.
All of it will backfire on Obama and the media.
That he is giving a speech in a foreign land about US relations with Europe as a candidate is laughable on its face. The man thinks he is god.
How does this pertain to my comments? I'm not in disagreement with you here. It's obvious the evil Iranian regime is trying to take charge in Iraq and Palestine + Lebanon through their minions. Hardly veiled their strategy. But please produce me some more info on their alleged role in 9/11. Frankly I don't give it much credence. If they wanted to pursue their Nuke program quickly, they sure as heck wouldn't have needed a 9/11 that woke the USA up and started the American regime-change world tour that had them on the sights together with North Korea and Iraq (Axis of Evil). Back then they had the "play nice" Khatami "Reformist" Government which was playing a friendly fiddle to the West. Without 9/11 they could have continued their nuke program quietly and smoothly without alerting the world too much. So what sense would 9/11 make for them?
It was Al-Qaeda throwing Jihad on America. If it was anything other than Al-Qaeda, the idea of Saddam taking revenge on America for Desert Storm would have made sense, as well.
I think the practitioners of the Religion of Peace called the Taliban are pretty offended by our troops
Taking a anti war position is fine as long as you understand we really didn't know where we would be concerning terrorism after 9/11 in America. The Bush administration made a decision to be preemptive rather than wait for whatever was to come after 9/11. I can live with that, if you can't, Oh well. It's your right.
That shows a real, deep and abiding concern for the well being of our soldiers, right Pop?
I have a deep and abiding respect for every solider engaged in the battle, including my brother, they know the cost, the possibility of making the ultimate sacrifice, the reason they are there. Nobody is making them sign up to fight, if I was twenty five years younger I'd be there with them
I agree that this stuff is set up. It actually helps us because the media has so little respect for us.
There is a reason why the infantry is called "The Queen of The Battlefield". Airstrikes mainly take out key targets. It takes the infantry to clean up the board. You do not defeat ideologies and armies with just airstrikes.
“...if I was twenty five years younger I’d be there with them....”
Alas, for better or for worse, neither of us are 25 years younger. At my age, however, were I in a position to order troops around, the LAST thing I would do is order them to fight and die but don’t offend. For that matter, I’d never order the shedding of one single drop of precious American blood to enshrine devil worshiping Mohammedanism in anyone’s constitution!
I suspect you know as well as I do that war is serious business. It should be fought in complete disregard for the tender sensitivities of the enemy, combatants or otherwise, where legitimate military objects are being pursued. Once the enemy military is destroyed, the ability and desire of the enemy populace to resist must be similarly crushed. The sooner a war is over, in victory, the better. But that’s not what happened, at least until the surge, in Iraq. One word sums up what those geniuses in DC did...Fallujah! There are dead Marines who ought to be home with their families right now because our fearless leaders wouldn’t do what needed to be done there!
I hope some gunny told him “Mal, next time you feel the need to think something, let me know and I’ll tell you what it is.”
Are you insane? The U.S. is in Iraq to help the Iraqis- if the Iraqis don’t want our help, you’re not going to listen to them?
Yeah, that’ll make them love us even more and totally further the mission.
The Iraqi people didn't help themselves for 30 years and we didn't help them much either until it was in our interest to do so.
We are there to stabilize the Middle east. If the Iraqi leaders want us to leave tough shit. we will have a presence there for the next 50 years. Do you actually think we spend billions of dollars, thousands of lives to be told what to do by politicians we install?
We will leave when it is in our interest to leave.
But if the majority of the Iraqi people don’t want us there in the future, then how will it be “democracy” if we stay there against their wishes?
And I didn’t think we were in the interest of “installing” politicians. Doesn’t sound like much of a republic.
Normy is right. A democratic Republic in Iraq is dandy and fine, we went through great lengths to help them set up a viable government and constitution. But you are sorely mistaken if you think that this is the single or foremost reason why we’re there. No it’s about OUR interests and security. We still call the shots. Iraqi politicos make occasionally dumb remarks, mostly to gain political points from some of their constituents. But they know that they need us. It’s the way it ought to be.
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