Then you need to read that which is published by the European media. The US “liberal” media won’t give you the truth unless of course you are interested in American Idol and Britney Spears. Wait a minute, aren’t they the same? Oh well, I don’t give a rat’s behind about either so I wouldn’t know about that. What I do know is that the most recent report from “CentCom”, is that Der Spiegel mis-interpreted Maliki’s remarks regarding a timetable for withdrawal and Barack Obama’s strategy for ending the war in Iraq.
Der Spiegel is standing behind it’s interpretation.
SPIEGEL: Immunity for the US troops is apparently the central issue.
Maliki: It is a fundamental problem for us that it should not be possible, in my country, to prosecute offences or crimes committed by US soldiers against our population. But other issues are no less important: How much longer will these soldiers remain in our country? How much authority do they have? Who controls how many, soldiers enter and leave the country and where they do so?
SPIEGEL: Would you hazard a prediction as to when most of the US troops will finally leave Iraq?
Maliki: As soon as possible, as far as we’re concerned. 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.
SPIEGEL: Is this an endorsement for the US presidential election in November? Does Obama, who has no military background, ultimately have a better understanding of Iraq than war hero John McCain?
Maliki: Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems. Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans’ business. But it’s the business of Iraqis to say what they want. And that’s where the people and the government are in general agreement: The tenure of the coalition troops in Iraq should be limited.
The Republicans must be concerned. Barack Obama just hit a grand slam home run with his Iraq strategy while John McCain remains fumbling around with the worn out, absence of strategy that is paramount to George W Bush’s Iraq policies.
Score: Obama 4, McCain 0.
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