Iraqi Prime Minister Backs Obama’s Troop Exit Plan?

Reuters reported today that Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told German magazine, Der Spiegel, in an interview released today that “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.

Barack 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.” Barack Obama, as Stuart reported earlier today, was in Afghanistan today with Senators Hagel and Reed.

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.”

Now, hours later, CNN reports that a “spokesman for al-Maliki said his remarks “were misunderstood, mistranslated and not conveyed accurately.””

Government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said the possibility of troop withdrawal was based on the continuance of security improvements, echoing statements that the White House made Friday after a meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. President Bush.

The Der Spiegel interview was released “one day after the White House said President Bush and al-Maliki had agreed to include a “general time horizon” in talks about reducing American combat forces and transferring Iraqi security control across the country.”

And of course as we all know, the “Bush administration has steadfastly refused to consider a “timetable” for withdrawing troops from Iraq.”

I had planned to report on the first story earlier today, but waited because in the ever changing world of politics, as we have seen now, the story has changed since it was first released by Reuters. I had a feeling it would…

The Caucus has more on the interview and the subsequent statements. Needless to say, “Al-Maliki’s Announcement” was a “A Big Deal” earlier…. That is until the other shoe dropped. Memeorandum has all the buzz on the initial story and more.

In an interesting aside note to the Al-Maliki said he supports Obama’s withdrawal plan for Iraq, or he didn’t say it, the “White House this afternoon accidentally sent to its extensive distribution list a Reuters story headlined “Iraqi PM backs Obama troop exit plan – magazine.””

ABC’s Political Punch reports:

The White House employee had intended to send the article to an internal distribution list, ABC News’ Martha Raddatz reports, but hit the wrong button.

The White House email “misfire comes at an odd time for Bush foreign policy, at a time when Obama’s campaign alleges the president is moving closer toward Obama’s recommendations about international relations — sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, discussing a “general time horizon” for U.S. troop withdrawal and launching talks with Iran.”

I have to laugh about all of this because “Obama’s recommendations about international relations” are all things that our last nominee, John Kerry (and other Dems in Congress) have been stressing for some time now.

And still we wait for the war based on lies to come to end.

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10 Responses to Iraqi Prime Minister Backs Obama’s Troop Exit Plan?

  1. YvonneCa says:

    “I have to laugh about all of this because “Obama’s recommendations about international relations” are all things that our last nominee, John Kerry (and other Dems in Congress) have been stressing for some time now.

    And still we wait for the war based on lies to come to end.”

    I couldn’t agree more, Pamela.

  2. Yvonne Ca

    My polite self added the “and other Dems in Congress” but you and I both know it’s been JK on the bull horn on each of those issues that Political Radar mentioned.

  3. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Rice=CNN interview;”No neg. suspension…..” “Make a step to suspend enrichment and reprocessing.” The next day Bush supports time horizons for pulling troops out. Dipomatic conference today and US there. Iraq doesn’t sign and it was agreed they will have two weeks.Rice on CNN tomorrow. Per News Max=Homeland Security Sec. Michael Chertoff reports european terrorist trying to enter US with european union passports.?

  4. Peace Out For Unity says:

    1. Rice CNN interview ,2.Bush time horizons okay.3.Diplomatic conference=Iraq does not sign up.and two weeks. 4.Rice interview CNN tomorrow. (Homeland Security Michael Chertoff and newsmax.com reports he says,European Terroriist trying to enter US with “european union passports” and no guarantee officials will catch them.)???

  5. Sgt Insane says:

    Really you Americans need to have hope in Obama hes the new light in America the same way so many other leaders have been except bush(he sucks), Iraq and Obama working together for time table that is blessing from God to end of the Crusade for Oil as i say.

  6. Sgt. Insane:

    If you see this reply: Please give us more detail on the non-American view and please let us know where you live ie; What Nation.

    I’d love to see contrasting viewpoints.

  7. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Awesome Pamela ! Now that’s communications clear ! That’s why i read this blog ! CNN flashed their reportor in iraq that confirmed the miscommunications concerning Al-Malaki.

  8. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Just want to make a vote that’s not totally confused. Have hope ! Rice told Blitzer in their interview she suspects they are building a bomb.Suspend Enrichment and Re-processing ! Iran has not signed on to suspend and it was agreed two weeks. Obama is not the president yet and let’s ask Bush ! He says,”now is not the time to end this war ” heard today on CNN in a flash with Bush speaking. Okay president Bush and I don’t care what they say,right now ,trusting you and Rice ! By the way,Rice is in close communications everyday with the president and heard her say that too !

  9. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Obama heads for Iraq and out of Afgan.Meets with commanders and a reality check on his plan per CNN. No immediate with drawal out of Iraq. Taliban on the offense ! US military warns of “Intense threats and one commander says we’re losing in Afgan. Obama supports more troops there.

  10. Peace Out For Unity says:

    Where are the solar cars and T. Boone Pickins ? We don’t need to depend on foreign oil ! Why are we at war ? OIL ! Energy independence ! Need a break and one military wife said ,she saw a rainbow and knew he was there. Hero’s always stand in rainbows ! God Bless ! Go build our solar cars ! All agree not to drill in refuge Nnwr. Endicottis,Alaska. Obama and McCain agree not to drill there ! The irony of it all and why are we there to begin with ? Oh yes, we were warned and thought they were off the top ! Gore saw it and so did others but we haven’t reacted fast enough.