Maliki spokesman: His timetable comment was “not conveyed accurately”

posted at 9:36 pm on July 19, 2008 by Allahpundit

Please.

But 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.

As if it’s not bad enough that they’re trying to spin this after the fact, the Times reports that the statement was put out by Centcom, just to make the U.S. fingerprints on it extra legible, I guess. In any event, Maliki’s desire to make any timetable contingent upon further security gains was already clear from the Spiegel translation — or more specifically, the first version of the Spiegel translation, before they went and surreptitiously changed it.

McCain’s team put out a statement tonight, too. Quote:

Let’s be clear, the only reason that the conversation about reducing troop levels in Iraq is happening is because John McCain challenged the failed Rumsfield-strategy in Iraq and argued for the surge strategy that is responsible for the successes we’ve achieved and which Barack Obama opposed. Unlike Barack Obama, John McCain has never ignored the facts on the ground in Iraq, he’s never avoided the warzone before proposing new strategy, and he’s never voted against funding our troops in the field. If John McCain was following Barack Obama’s lead on foreign policy, the United States would have already withdrawn from Iraq in a humiliating defeat at the hands of al Qaeda.

Quite so, although I’d have re-written that as, “If John McCain and Nuri al-Maliki were following Barack Obama’s lead…” Barry O’s accomplished the foreign policy masterstroke here of screaming for withdrawal year after year when it would have been a horrific idea and now, with the jihadis and militias finally subdued to the point where it at least wouldn’t be disastrous, he wants credit for having been ahead of the curve. You truly are a visionary, Messiah.

Speaking of facts catching up with people, read this story about another changing fact on the ground via David Petraeus himself: Their dreams of a jihadi paradise in Iraq having been dashed, foreign fighters might at last be redeploying to Afghanistan. Too bad the left apparently doesn’t want to fight that war either. Exit question for Joe Biden: At what moment, precisely, do the jihadis who were initially planning to go to Iraq become “bad guys”? When their flight reservation for Karachi is confirmed?

Update: For dessert, here’s the left’s favorite retired admiral, the one man who supposedly stood between the United States and war with Iran, urging the public to do the responsible and thing and support a long-term security partnership between the U.S. and Iraq.

This is a pivotal time. The aspirations of the hopeful could come to fruition: a stable Iraq, with a modern oil industry and substantially increased export capacity, that is part of the growing regional economic and political cooperation in the Middle East. This is not wishful dreaming but a very real possibility.

But it will happen only if security in Iraq is maintained. And a long-term arrangement with the United States is key to Iraq’s future security.

Reasonable objectors to the security pact, in both countries, must jettison the rhetorical and emotional baggage of the recent past. Forget the errors and bad decisions and deal with the present. Real progress has been made, and this positive momentum must be maintained.


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Too late. The spin has been spun.

aero on July 19, 2008 at 9:41 PM

Misconstrued but not saying what was misconstrued about it? Blunting the incoming hate from the Republicans I see.

Nonfactor on July 19, 2008 at 9:46 PM

Yeah, it’s pure spin. The most charitable read is that he’s addressing the shenanigans in the Spiegel re-write, which dropped Maliki’s caveat about security improvements. I doubt it, though.

Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 9:49 PM

If al Maliki said it, don’t give it any weight, much like trying to surmise whether SCIRI, Iran, the Sadrists, and the government like each other is a futile endeavor.

Vizzini on July 19, 2008 at 9:52 PM

Maliki speaks English, why doesnt some ask him to clarify it? Or is that what happened in the first place. Was it a German speaking in English asking an Iragi to answer in English? :) Wonder how that could get misconstrued?

Nelsa on July 19, 2008 at 9:56 PM

CNN is playing games too.

If you go to CNN.com, the second from the top right item is titled “Iraqi PM reportedly backs Obama’s plan”, then you click on that same link and the article is titled

“Iraqi PM disputes report on withdrawal plan”.

Ah, the ‘objective’ media. Screw them.

Nonfactor, you’re also ‘objective’.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:03 PM

I repeat that no matter who wins in Nov. there will be bases in Iraq for at least the next 50 years.

Obama will claim that it was his idea.

Nonfactor will approve, heartily.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM

I hope McCain doesn’t become a victim of the surge’s success. Obama bases his candidacy on (1) his consistent opposition to the war and (2) his promise to “end the war” ASAP. Point #2 was dangerous for Obama because leaving before the job is done equals defeat, so essentially, Obama was conceding defeat in Iraq. But now Obama has a way to escape that criticism by saying “look, my Iraq plan was right, even Maliki says he wants us out ASAP.”

McCain can still hit him back by saying “the only reason you can even begin to talk about withdrawing troops in 16 months is because of the surge that I supported and you rejected,” but he has to be careful with those kind of hindsight-based attacks because McCain supported the decision to go into Iraq to begin with.

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 10:06 PM

Misconstrued but not saying what was misconstrued about it?

Sometimes it’s better to read the posts, or just this one post, and your answer will come’th:

or more specifically, the first version of the Spiegel translation, before they went and surreptitiously changed it.

But then again, you’ve got the journalistic scruples of the love child between O’Reilly and Geraldo, so I wouldn’t expect any better from our boy blue!

TheEJS on July 19, 2008 at 10:09 PM

Yeah, it’s pure spin. **
Allahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 9:49 PM

You can’t fault Maliki. There’s a damn good chance Obama will win and, as such, Maliki has to begin kissing up now to have any influence over Obama once elected.

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 10:06 PM

I don’t think Iraq will be the main issue in this campaign. Just look how the press (very much agenda setters) has ignored Iraq this year.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

You mean the Liberal MSM left are playing games,
kinda like CNN,and the Los Angles Times,who
sponsored “the debate” of the Hollywood Anti-War
protest with Obama,back in January 2008!

canopfor on July 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

If McCain attacks Obama about anything he will called a racist. No matter what Baracky does he will be forgiven, this election cycle went beyond Iraq a long time ago.

Bishop on July 19, 2008 at 10:11 PM

If it was up to Obama there would have been NO surge and Iraq would be controlled by Al-Qaeda right now..

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM

But then again, you’ve got the journalistic scruples of the love child between O’Reilly and Geraldo, so I wouldn’t expect any better from our boy blue!

Who are you referring to?

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:16 PM

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

I’m guessing Soros & Co. ordered the media to change the subject once Iraq started improving. You may be right that Iraq will drop to a secondary issue this cycle, but for now, I still believe it’s going to be a main issue. From what I can see, the rest of the major issues this cycle are jobs / the economy, housing, and energy. We know McCain is weak on the economy, and the public will be more sympathetic to tax & spend and “soak the rich” liberalism this cycle because of the economy and the subprime fallout. So that leaves energy — and McCain has the winning argument on energy.

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 10:17 PM

If it was up to Obama there would have been NO surge and Iraq would be controlled by Al-Qaeda right now..

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Let me rephrase..

If it was up to Obama, Saddam would still be in control of Iraq, we would still be controlling the nofly zones in Iraq, we still would NOT know If Iraq hod WDM’s or NOT, terrorists would be inside Iraq operating with impunity and Saddam would still be able to train terrorists in places like Salman Pak inside Iraq.

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:12 PM

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:18 PM

Obama, Maliki and McCain are going to spin Iraq until we get vertigo.

The terrorists will attack anew in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly here, ahead of Nov. 2008. They don’t care for an Obama presidency. Their raison d’être is to kill us.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:19 PM

The terrorists will attack anew in Iraq, Afghanistan, and possibly here, ahead of Nov. 2008. They don’t care for an Obama presidency. Their raison d’être is to kill us.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:19 PM

They will attack us IF Obama wins because they know that Obama’s a SISSY!

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Their raison d’etre is to kill us.

Entelechy on July 19,2008 at 10:19PM.

Entelechy: Especially,when half of the Muslim world
looks at the other half,who are also Muslims,
and they both think,each other,are not worthy
of Allah!

canopfor on July 19, 2008 at 10:27 PM

This is a Rovian conspiracy of the first order.
Slight of hand, misdirection, smoke and mirrors.
1) Breath life into a back burner issue.
2) Illuminate past positions and real differences that were so recently muddled.
3) Yank the cart roughly to make folks in cart change focus.
4) Provide answers to all the questions.
Evil Genius.

Beto Ochoa on July 19, 2008 at 10:27 PM

AP Heartache at HA.

WoosterOh on July 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM

They will attack us IF Obama wins because they know that Obama’s a SISSY!

Chakra Hammer on July 19, 2008 at 10:22 PM

Much like 2001? I mean really.

I think they’ll attack in 2009, because they want to test the resolve of the new administration. They did in 2003 after Clinton was elected; they didn’t get much of a response so attacks continued all throughout the 90s. The response after 2001 was a lot more forceful, so they slowed it down. That’s my opinion, at least.

lorien1973 on July 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM

The spin is amazing.

Troy Rasmussen on July 19, 2008 at 10:29 PM

The topic of energy is not going in the lefties’ direction. Now they’re stuck with Iraq. Maybe now they will be for the Iraqi oil…

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:30 PM

Their raison d’être is to kill us.

This can not be repeated enough times to diminish its importance.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2008 at 10:32 PM

I don’t think Iraq will be the main issue in this campaign. Just look how the press (very much agenda setters) has ignored Iraq this year.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:10 PM

Unfortunately, your right. However, the Republicans can spotlight the progress in this summer campaigning. This is another issue the Republicans should be hammering the Democrats about.

Troy Rasmussen on July 19, 2008 at 10:32 PM

Maliki spokesman: His timetable comment was “not conveyed accurately”

ROFLMAO!!

NO …

SHIT!

*snicker*

Texas Gal on July 19, 2008 at 10:33 PM

I think they’ll attack in 2009, because they want to test the resolve of the new administration. They did in 2003 after Clinton was elected; they didn’t get much of a response so attacks continued all throughout the 90s. The response after 2001 was a lot more forceful, so they slowed it down. That’s my opinion, at least.

lorien1973 on July 19, 2008 at 10:28 PM

I agree. If Obama wins, they’ll want to confirm their sissy-spicions while he’s still settling in.

aero on July 19, 2008 at 10:35 PM

McCain has the winning argument on energy.

Agreed. But do the American people know that McCain is winning the argument? The media makes things simplistic. Bush and Cheney = oil men = high gas prices = McSame = You should vote 4 Barack Obama. Plenty of people are directly laying high prices at the foot of Bush.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Maliki spokesman: His timetable comment was “not conveyed accurately”

Sorta’ like Charles Barkley complaining he was misquoted in his own autobiography.

Arabic-to-English, Barkley-to-English. Similar translation problems, I’m sure.

SteveMG on July 19, 2008 at 10:44 PM

“own autobiography”?

Translation problems here too – from my head to my fingers.

SteveMG on July 19, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Agreed. But do the American people know that McCain is winning the argument? The media makes things simplistic. Bush and Cheney = oil men = high gas prices = McSame = You should vote 4 Barack Obama. Plenty of people are directly laying high prices at the foot of Bush.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:38 PM

Ain’t it the truth. I have read this very same statement on blogs and in the local newspapers. Welcome to short attention span theater. When all else fails, blame Bush.

Glynn on July 19, 2008 at 10:45 PM

Glynn,

Just read the first comment on this Flickr picture and I think I’ve proven my point.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:48 PM

I repeat that no matter who wins in Nov. there will be bases in Iraq for at least the next 50 years.

Obama will claim that it was his idea.

Nonfactor will approve, heartily.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:05 PM

You are right. If I’m Maliki, I would be saying everything in my power to make Obama look good and ingraciating myself with the psychotic leftists. Obama would never abandon him after that and the ‘rat community will be appreciative of Iraq’s embrace of their savior and would go along with continued military support…with the occasional “Bush really left us no choice but to remain engaged in Iraq” excuse to smooth over the hypocrisy.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 10:49 PM

Agreed. But do the American people know that McCain is winning the argument? The media makes things simplistic. Bush and Cheney = oil men = high gas prices = McSame = You should vote 4 Barack Obama. Plenty of people are directly laying high prices at the foot of Bush.

terryannonline on July 19, 2008 at 10:38 PM

To some extent, you are correct, but I must hope that the more noise Bush and the Republicans make about “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less“, the more attention will be payed to the truth of the situation. All of us, liberal, conservative, and otherwise, are sick to hell of excuses and are waiting for some real leadership, not sloganeering and pie-in-the-sky bullshit.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2008 at 10:51 PM

Oh, it’s definitely spin, though the fact that Der Spiegel has been changing their own story raises questions in my mind as to which side is doing more spin.

Karl on July 19, 2008 at 10:52 PM

Dems are losing the energy obstructionism. Drilling is favored by the majority, including lefties. McCain needs to make the case. If he doesn’t it’s his fault, not the media’s. They can go screw themselves, worthless eunuchs that they are.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:53 PM

hillbillyjim, are we on the same frequency? :)

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:54 PM

This is another issue the Republicans should be
hammering the Democrats.

Troy Rasmussen on July 19,2008 at 10:32PM.

Troy Rasmussen:No kidding,heres the ad!

The commercial opens with women and children cying in Iraqi
streets,lots and lots of crying,when Sadaam was still in
power.

with a vioce over,”Democrats were against Invading,Iraq

now,with happy children and women in the streets,

another voice over,”The liberation of Iraq,by the Republican
Party”,

“Mission accomplished,Freedom rings in Iraq,for some reason
Liberals don’t agree”.

Fades out with smiling women and children hugging American
soldiers waving hand-held little American Flags!

canopfor on July 19, 2008 at 10:54 PM

On the way in:

The aspirations of the hopeful could come to fruition: a stable Iraq, with a modern oil industry and substantially increased export capacity, that is part of the growing regional economic and political cooperation in the Middle East

On the way out:

Our goal is a democratic Iraq that upholds the rule of law, respects the rights of its people, provides them security, and is an ally in the war on terror

If John McCain was following Barack Obama’s lead on foreign policy, the United States would have already withdrawn from Iraq in a humiliating defeat at the hands of al Qaeda.

That is shear unmitigated Dolchstosslegende nonsense.

MB4 on July 19, 2008 at 10:55 PM

Deutschland trifft den Superstar. Germany meets the superstar.

Germans to Obama “Haben sie einen Doppelgänger?”

Der Spiegel, German version, in Nov. ‘08 “Amerika gibt unserem Obama einen Fusstritt in den Arsch”. “Schade, der schwarze Kennedy…sie sind doch Rassisten”.

America kicks our Obama in the ars. Too bad, the black Kennedy…they are racists, after all.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:59 PM

I tend to think that the poll numbers indicate that majority of Americans want DRILL NOW. And the Dems are trying to put the drill problem off on the oil companies wanting higher prices so they aren’t drilling on those fed reserves that they have. That’s the message that needs to be clarified. And surprisingly we are seeing Dem Senators moving to the Rep side on this argument. And my D House Rep and at least 2 others here have come out in support of the Rs in this. It’s shifting and this is going to end up being the issue in Nov.

I actually enjoyed watching Gene Greene (D-Houston) on Fox saying that it’s time for the D congress to get off it’s butt and support off shore .. heck Texas, Louisiana and Alabama have been carrying the load on off shore and its time for the other states to step up to the plate. I was pleasantly surprised to see him say that. He’s a hard core, long time Texas Democrat.

Texas Gal on July 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM

It’s all ok, Maliki is being a politician; he will play to both sides just to make sure.

Remember the heat the libs gave to McCain over his misinterpreted “100 years” comment? You can expect the same people would fully embrace the 50 year American military base leases that a President Obama would endorse.

Bishop on July 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM

Europeans still go Beatles-crazy over the likes of Michael Jackson, its no wonder they froth so heavily about Obama.

Bishop on July 19, 2008 at 11:07 PM

Germans to Obama..

Entelechy on July,19 2008 at 10:59PM.

Entelechy: Nice picture,on der Spiegel,of Hopey Changey!

Has Germany cleared Obama for an outside rally,
oops,I mean an outdoor speaking engagements?:)

canopfor on July 19, 2008 at 11:07 PM

I tend to think that the poll numbers indicate that majority of Americans want DRILL NOW.

Texas Gal on July 19, 2008 at 11:02 PM

The problem is, I don’t think most people realize that Bush and the Republicans in Congress are taking actions to give it to them. The price for a barrel of oil dropped dramatically as soon as Bush lifted the executive moratorium on drilling and called for Congress to lift its restrictions as well, but absolutely none of the media coverage I’ve seen outside the rightosphere attributes this drop to Bush’s actions and rhetoric (though there’s a clear correlation). They’re universally spinning it as a response to a drop in U.S. demand in response to the high prices. Last week, they said there was no relationship between supply and demand and prices of oil — it was all the evil speculators and Big Oil and Booosh driving up the prices. Now, all of a sudden, the relationship between shifts in supply/demand and prices matters again. Feh. Problem is, global demand is not falling. It’s the perceived future increase in supply due to Bush’s actions that did it, but they won’t mention that. It’s infuriating.

aero on July 19, 2008 at 11:11 PM

aero on July 19, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Absolutely. It’s almost like those layers of editors and factcheckers in the MSM function like an Orwellian spellcheck system, only allowing the negative stories about Bush to be published.

cs89 on July 19, 2008 at 11:29 PM

That’s because just like CNN & all of the American Media, Der Speigel is in the tank for the new Marxist-Muslim Prophet, HIS Exaltedness, Barack HUSSEIN Obama (PBUH)(SAW)(SWT)!!

Dale in Atlanta on July 19, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Here’s the question that would cause Obama to stutter like a junkie and probably destroy him:

“Is your timetable for withdrawal, that Maliki in part endorsed, based on expectations as to when we will end the war victoriously or based on cutting our losses and leaving a hopeless situation?”.

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 11:30 PM

It’s infuriating.

aero on July 19, 2008 at 11:11 PM

Yes, it is aero!

That’s why I was so surprised to see the D House Reps in Texas making public statements in support of drilling. That tells me that their constituents understand we need more supply and they are trying to get on the drill now side before Nov.

It’s gonna be interesting to watch this because both Pelosi and Reid refuse to bring anything to a vote that includes drilling.. anywhere!

Texas Gal on July 19, 2008 at 11:33 PM

Dale in Atlanta on July 19, 2008 at 11:29 PM

Well sure, duh, if we are going to make SCOTUS decisions based on European law we might as well have their media influencing our news too.

I wonder why its only the Europeans that we are supposed to fret about, why don’t we ever care about what Israel, Tibet or the Marianas Islands thinks of us?

Bishop on July 19, 2008 at 11:37 PM

Just updated: Maliki voting Obama.

danking70 on July 19, 2008 at 11:38 PM

Buddahpundit on July 19, 2008 at 11:30 PM

Racist! (sarc)

Isn’t that pretty much the response to any question the True Possum has difficulty answering?

cs89 on July 19, 2008 at 11:40 PM

It’s almost like those layers of editors and factcheckers in the MSM function like an Orwellian spellcheck system, only allowing the negative stories about Bush to be published.

cs89 on July 19, 2008 at 11:29 PM

The problem is that the MSM will consistently behave this way. It’s the GOP and the candidate’s responsibility to try and influence the news cycle to get their message out. You don’t wait for the media to report that “Bush lifted the ban on oil drilling and then the price of oil fell.” You go out there on the offensive and you have McCain and all his surrogates saying things and running ads saying “oil prices already have dropped by the mere suggestion that we’re going to start domestic drilling. This is an urgent priority and as your president, I will make sure we are drilling.”

Bush never understood this, which I think is one of his biggest failures as president. I hope McCain and company wise up.

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 11:40 PM

hillbillyjim, are we on the same frequency? :)

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 10:54 PM

God, yes.

For those who doubt the nature of the diametrically opposite positions of the US and Iran, have a look at their governmental structure.

I am afraid that any hope of internal change must be viewed with skepticism when faced with the truth that the Mullahs have a virtual stranglehold on the populace of Iran.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2008 at 11:43 PM

As obnoxious as it is to see Allah and nonfactor doing their Brokeback act, and Maliki giving Obama the reacharound, let’s be serious: giving Maliki any credit for anything in the past year has been a partisan game of “who is he agreeing with today?”

He’s all over the place.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 11:45 PM

As obnoxious as it is to see Allah and nonfactor doing their Brokeback act…

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 11:45 PM

How’s that possible – Nonfactor is a girl.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Entelechy, I was agreeing with terryannonline’s position that

Plenty of people are directly laying high prices at the foot of Bush.

, not that the position was the truth of the matter.

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2008 at 11:51 PM

How’s that possible – Nonfactor is a girl.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 11:51 PM

I’m sure that that is sexist, racist, homophobic and irresponsible. Entelechy, you’re my kinda gal!!!

;)

hillbillyjim on July 19, 2008 at 11:55 PM

How’s that possible – Nonfactor is a girl.

Entelechy on July 19, 2008 at 11:51 PM

Oh. I always called him “she” as a reference to his politics. Well, that’s a shame.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 11:56 PM

Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Jaibones on July 19, 2008 at 11:56 PM

You too hillbillyjim, except “kinda man” :)

Jaibones, you’re a wild one :) – you don’t scare easily, I bet.

Entelechy on July 20, 2008 at 12:05 AM

This means nothing, too soon, more like a Premature Obamelation…….. wait, wait until the conventions are over, keep your powder dry, then the “game” will be afoot, and remember, the MSM is in play for Obama, and for a portion of America and the World, if it is on TV, it is reality………

By the way……….

“foreigners may not contribute to U.S. political campaigns and prohibiting finance committees from “knowingly soliciting, accepting or receiving” such funds.”

Obama, Hey Obama, this is not going to go away…….

Seven Percent Solution on July 20, 2008 at 12:16 AM

Seriously, I hope that the people who keep telling us that all we have to do is press for internal change in Iran will factor in the reality of the situation.

The only change coming in Iran anytime soon will come from outside pressure, not from internal influence. I hope I am wrong but I doubt that I am.

hillbillyjim on July 20, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Reuters would translate Maliki orders a falafel as Maliki Endorses Obama for President.

profitsbeard on July 20, 2008 at 12:22 AM

hillbillyjim on July 20, 2008 at 12:21 AM

Mr Dinnerjacket, bring down this Fatwah?

Yeah. I agree. These aren’t oligarchs. These are men who are convinced they speak for God. Dinnerjacket’s house ain’t gonna fall from termite damage.

Limerick on July 20, 2008 at 12:31 AM

I know I linked it twice, but maybe the third time’s the charm.

Let there be no doubt about who it is we are facing, and about the extent of the anti-American sentiment festering out there in the real world.

There are always going to be jealousies which lead to hatred of the US. But to give substance to these philosophies is to oppose your own nation and all that it stands for.

It would be wonderful if the whole world could hold hands and sing Kumbaya, but that is not the world in which we live.

It’s high time to grow a pair, and stand up for that which you believe.

hillbillyjim on July 20, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Reuters would translate Maliki orders a falafel as Maliki Endorses Obama for President.

profitsbeard on July 20, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Quote of the Day!

It’s high time to grow a pair, and stand up for that which you believe.

hillbillyjim on July 20, 2008 at 12:35 AM

Obama is my kind of leader. I believe!

On a serious note, your link should be shown by all media, every day. The whores are otherwise engaged. I wish them something for Nov. ’08, an early Christmas present.

Entelechy on July 20, 2008 at 12:39 AM

Bush never understood this, which I think is one of his biggest failures as president. I hope McCain and company wise up.

Outlander on July 19, 2008 at 11:40 PM

I agree. One of Bush’s weakest points was media and communication.

Tony Snow helped in this area, but far too briefly. I wistfully wonder what having Snow succeed Ari as Press Secretary, and still being there, would have been like.

Oh well, it is what it is.

cs89 on July 20, 2008 at 12:47 AM

On a serious note, your link should be shown by all media, every day. The whores are otherwise engaged. I wish them something for Nov. ‘08, an early Christmas present.

Entelechy on July 20, 2008 at 12:39 AM

It seems that everyone in general and no one in particular holds the general misconception to be fact. That being that the Iranian people have a say in their everyday affairs. This is patently offensive and wholly untrue. They are living under one of the most repressive regimes on the planet. (I feel compelled to mention that the people of Saudi Arabia are under an even more oppressive thumb.) To think that we can spend and wish our way into their hearts and minds is to ignore history, and is folly.

The hope of OUR way of life lies in showing these people, until now helpless and hopeless, that our way of life is truly better; better for the individual and better for the people as a whole.

Unless and until we do this, we are always going to be fighting an uphill battle.

We have the winning philosophy; we have yet to win its acceptance as the winning philosophy.

When we can make a difference in the everyday lives of the tribesmen, warlords, and various small-office powerholders, then we will be able to have a concrete influence on the ground.

God bless our troops who are every day fighting this fight, and God Damn those who are standing in their way.

hillbillyjim on July 20, 2008 at 1:15 AM

Reuters would translate Maliki orders a falafel as Maliki Endorses Obama for President.

profitsbeard on July 20, 2008 at 12:22 AM

Allah hates you this I know
For the Koran tells me so
Infidels Christians and Jews we bomb
They are weak but we are strong

Yes Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you,
The Koran tells me so.

Allah hates you, you will die
Blow your plane up in the sky
Say the salat, chop off head,
Eat falafel, go to bed.

Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you! Yes, Allah hates you!

The Koran tells me so.

Aleph on July 20, 2008 at 1:20 AM

Reality bites.

Terrye on July 20, 2008 at 7:07 AM

Jaibones, you’re a wild one

Entelechy on July 20, 2008 at 12:05 AM

Yeah, I’m a real nut-butt. Husband, father, banker, baker, NRA member. Made a pretty good cherry pie last night and was all full of … piss and vinegar … couldn’t deal with Allah and nonfactor making the same point about Maliki endorsing Obama. Too much pain there.

Jaibones on July 20, 2008 at 8:22 AM

Obama’s itinerary is so secret, the German’s know and publish the news internationally. BTW, Obama only took one question from the pool of reporters traveling with him, none befre, none during their flight together, but one when they got off his plane together at Reagan Int.

Der Spiegel didn’t mess up their interview. What we are finding is who al-Maliki is, and what he is becoming. Look out, folks. Modern despots rise from humble beginnings.

The exact itinerary of [Obama]the candidate’s trip has not been made public out of security concerns, but it is widely expected that he will arrive in Iraq on Sunday to meet with Maliki.

So far the Americans have had trouble agreeing to a concrete timetable for withdrawal, because they feel it would appear tantamount to an admission of defeat,” Maliki told SPIEGEL. “But that isn’t the case at all. If we come to an agreement, it is not evidence of a defeat, but of a victory, of a severe blow we have inflicted on al-Qaida and the militias.”
He also bemoaned the fact that Baghdad has little control over the US troops in Iraq. “It is a fundamental problem for us that it should not be possible, in my country, to prosecute offences or crimes committed by US soldiers against our population,” Maliki said.
But then, apparently referring to Republican candidate John McCain’s more open-ended Iraq policy, Maliki said: “Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems.”
Iraq, Maliki went on to say, “would like to see the establishment of a long-term strategic treaty with the United States, which would govern the basic aspects of our economic and cultural relations.” He also emphasized though that the security agreement between the two countries should only “remain in effect in the short term.”
cgh/SPIEGEL
Spiegel Online, July 19. 2008, as of July 20th.

maverick muse on July 20, 2008 at 8:30 AM

Americans can’t agree to a concrete timetable for withdrawal because we think it a tantamount admission of defeat?!

That’s sh*t from Maliki’s dirty mouth.

Then bemoaning his lack of control over US troops in Iraq, because he wants to prosecute offences or crimes that he perceives?!

And any long-term strategic treaty with the US would remain in effect for the short term.

Thanks for nothing, Mr. Al Licky, Iraq’s new aspiring despot.

maverick muse on July 20, 2008 at 8:36 AM

How totally absurd.
I think Obama & McCain should both stand with Our Current President when it comes to Iraq. period. They do, actually, but nobody seems to know that.

The press is idiotic on this story as well.

zero substance.

bridgetown on July 20, 2008 at 9:30 AM

http://standupformccain.com/

The only apparent alternative.

Dr Evil on July 20, 2008 at 10:27 AM

Actually, folks, if you think about it the timetable for the US leaving Iraq is up to the terrorists. Unless, of course, you surrender.

OldEnglish on July 20, 2008 at 10:33 AM

Yesterday on MSN.com a top headline was something along the lines of, “Maliki wants US troops out NOW!”

When I saw it I was enraged.

Here’s my theory:

Obama has stated the war was a mistake and he will end it as President.

So now that he’s over there the MSM will do whatever they can to push their meme (with lies) this time by misquoting the leader of Iraq no less.

So the average Joe see’s the headline and thinks, hmmmm…Obama was right all along and Iraqi leadership agrees.

Pure B.S.

Domino on July 20, 2008 at 10:59 AM

Obama and Maliki might share something in common, their concept of say whatever whenever and malleably change it from moment to moment, aka their own sense of diplomatic immunity.

maverick muse on July 20, 2008 at 11:09 AM

The media AGAIN reported what they WANT to be true instead of what actually is true. How many times have we seen this the past 8 years? Seriously…

ikez78 on July 20, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Read what Iraq the Model has to say about this. Changing His Tune on Withdrawal

Maliki thinks he and the Shia have won Iraq for themselves, but he actually needs the US to maintain that position and is in the inferior position in negotiations.

PattyJ on July 20, 2008 at 11:22 AM

Drudge is firmly in the tank for Obama. I don’t get it. What happened to him? His headline should be “Obama’s media exploits inaccurate translation of Maliki remarks”.

eaglesdontflock on July 20, 2008 at 11:36 AM

Drudge has become just another liberal moron. “Commander in Chief” Obama as a military strategist is idiotic.

Travis1 on July 20, 2008 at 1:18 PM

If you all notice Drudge still has the false headline up..and unless my computer is playing games on me the letters are getting bigger and bigger

what’s happened to drudge?..who got to him?

galtg on July 20, 2008 at 1:45 PM

You mean WHAT got to him?

$$$$$$$$Drudge$$$$$$$$$

Mojave Mark on July 20, 2008 at 4:22 PM

What is the problem with correcting what the media presented as the truth? To the MSM it is not whether something is true or not, it is what they want the truth to be. What Obamba has to understand is that the doublecross (NAFTA) he tried to pull in Canada didn’t work because the government there is conservative. So are the governments in Germany, Poland and France. They have voted out their liberal governments and are on the way to recovery.

volsense on July 20, 2008 at 5:33 PM

Regardless of whatever else has been said, this from Iraqi National Security Adviser Mowaffaq al-Rubaie is is pretty clear:

“We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops,” Mr al-Rubaie told reporters in Iraq’s holy city of Najaf.

starfleet_dude on July 21, 2008 at 10:26 AM