Saturday, July 19, 2008

Iraqi Prime Minister Supports Obama's Iraq Policy

In a stunning rebuke to Neocon Warhawk Pseudo-Expert John McCain, the Iraqi PM has endorsed Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's Iraq proposals:

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported prospective U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's proposal that U.S. troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.

In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible.

"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."

It is the first time he has backed the withdrawal timetable put forward by Obama, who is visiting Afghanistan and us set to go to Iraq as part of a tour of Europe and the Middle East.

Obama has called for a shift away from a "single-minded" focus on Iraq and wants to pull out troops within 16 months, instead adding U.S. soldiers to Afghanistan.

Asked if he supported Obama's ideas more than those of John McCain, Republican presidential hopeful, Maliki said he did not want to recommend who people should vote for.

"Whoever is thinking about the shorter term is closer to reality. Artificially extending the stay of U.S. troops would cause problems."

I would say that McCain just got picked up by the ankles and body slammed. One of McCain's BS arguments is that he understands the "situation on the ground" better than Obama. Now, the person who is in the best position to know the situation on the ground says he agrees with Obama.

Ha! That's gotta hurt. Poor John. Guess he isn't such an "expert" after all.

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