Maliki: No, Really, Leave

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"Maliki: No, Really, Leave"

The Bush administration has shifted from a “time horizon” for leaving Iraq to an “aspirational timetable,” but Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is having none of it saying that there is “fixed date which is the end of 2011 to end any foreign presence on Iraqi soil.” No doubt the specifics of this will continue to go back and forth as long as the White House is controlled by people harboring neo-imperial fantasies, but the point about the state of Iraqi opinion couldn’t be clearer — Maliki doesn’t think it’s politically tenable to demand anything less than a clear timetable for full withdrawal. Smart political leadership in the United States would consider this an open door that we should walk through — a way to extricate ourselves from Iraq in an honorable and relatively painless manner.

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