News from Iraq: Fantasy and Power
Nuri al-Maliki said he had crushed terrorism in his country, so we know the guy is crazy or a liar.
The Times Online UK (but not the U.S. press) is saying he is "demanding" a timetable for American withdrawal. Bully for him! I wrote years ago that the way for America to get out of Iraq is to have the Iraqis ask us to get out.
Al-Maliki also put the kibosh on the awful Status of Forces Agreement that the Bush administration/Pentagon/Defense Contractors are trying to pressure Iraq to sign. This is rushed because soon Bush will (too ceremoniously) be out of power. The main purpose of this contract would be to insure an additional half TRILLION (guess) or so of (mostly) U.S. funds go for military projects. Don't you want your stuff funded? Of course you do. So does the teeny-weeny poor military-industrial complex, sniff. When Nuri al-Maliki says No to America, it makes him look Iraqi, it makes him look strong.
Of course, this is the same guy who thinks he has crushed terrorism in his country.