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Monday, July 07, 2008

Maliki and Obama Want Timetables

Unintentionally or not, the Iraqi prime minister is siding with the Democratic candidate for president on getting American troops out of his country.

"Today, we are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence on Iraqi lands and restoring full sovereignty," Nouri al-Maliki is telling Arab ambassadors during an official visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

Maliki says he is negotiating "either to have a memorandum of understanding for the departure of forces or a memorandum of understanding to set a timetable for the presence of the forces."

That makes it near-unanimous, with only George W. Bush and John McCain dissenting from what the American people, Barack Obama and now the Iraqi government want--a foreseeable end to our costly Middle East adventure.

Any day now, McCain's campaign may start telling us that our man in Baghdad is going soft on the insurgents.

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