Monday, July 21, 2008

This Will Be Hard to Spin

From Der Spiegel:

"Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki supports US presidential candidate Barack Obama's plan to withdraw US troops from Iraq within 16 months. When asked in an interview with SPIEGEL when he thinks US troops should leave Iraq, Maliki responded "as soon as possible, as far as we are concerned." He then continued: "US 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."

Given the rhetoric we've heard about Obama, does this make Maliki an appeaser?


Robert Sievers said...

This isn't hard. If progress is being made, and Iraqis (the non Al-Quadeda ones) are ready for us to begin withdrawal, its a no-brainer. What we conservatives object to is Obama's unilateral decision to withdrawal without purpose.

I am not sure if McCain has spoken on this yet, but I would bet this is what he has been seeking all along.

PG said...

No, Robert. The Iraqi people are sick of us. They don't see us as liberators. Many hate us because they have lost so many loved ones. Millions have fled the country and lost their homes. Read articles by journalists who get into the heart of the country and who speak to people who aren't intimidated by the U.S. military presence.