Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The liberators have overstayed their welcome

Yesterday, Reuters reported that the Iraqis are ready for U.S. to create a timetable for withdrawal from their country (cue: screams of horror in the background). Specifically, from Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki:

"Today, we are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence on Iraqi lands and restoring full sovereignty," Maliki told Arab ambassadors in blunt remarks during an official visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

"One of the two basic topics is either to have a memorandum of understanding for the departure of forces or a memorandum of understanding to set a timetable for the presence of the forces, so that we know (their presence) will end in a specific time."

So... how does that play into John McCain's plan to remain in Iraq for another 100 years?

The Bush administration's response?
In a briefing today, spokesperson Sean McCormack said the remark may have been a transcription error:

McCORMACK: Well, that’s really the part — the point at which I would seek greater clarification in terms of remarks. I’ve seen the same press reports that you have, but I haven’t yet had an opportunity to get greater clarify as to exactly to what Mr. Maliki was referring or if, in fact, that’s an accurate reporting of what he said.

(cue: stick fingers in ears and yell, "Nah, nah! I can't hear you!!")

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