Sunday, July 20, 2008
McCain's Iraq Policy: DOANow that Iraqi Prime Minister Maliki has endorsed the Obama plan to withdraw American troops from Iraq in 16 months, can there still be any room for John McCain to throw stones at Obama's Iraq policy? Or does McCain's plan to stay indefinitely not depend on the approval of the Iraqi government?
As reported in the NY Times today, Maliki has tried to argue he was misquoted by Der Spiegel, whose interview with Maliki included the endorsement of Obama's plan (suggestively, the US military, rather than Maliki's office, issued the denial). This excerpt from today's Times article makes it clear that Maliki was not misquoted in the first place, but the real story is that it is now clear that Obama's plan is the only plan now. Without the support of the Iraqi government, McCain's is off the table.
Here's an excerpt from the Times article:
The statement, which was distributed to media organizations by the American military early on Sunday, said Mr. Maliki’s words had been “misunderstood and mistranslated,” but it failed to cite specifics.
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That we who lived by honest dreams
Defend the bad against the worse."
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