Looks there's a little back-steppin' going on?
Paraphrased from the AP
on Yahoo News 15 July 2007
Aide: Iraqi PM
's comments misconstrued
BAGHDAD - Iraq's prime minister was misunderstood when he said the Americans could leave "any time they want" an aide said Sunday, as politicians moved to end a pair of boycotts that are holding up work on crucial political reforms sought by Washington.
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki told reporters Saturday that the Iraqi army and police were capable of maintaining security when American troops leave.
"We say in full confidence that we are able, God willing, to take the responsibility completely in running the security file if the international forces withdraw at any time they want," al-Maliki said
Those comments appeared to undercut President Bush's contention that the 155,000 U.S. troops must remain in Iraq because the Iraqis are not capable of providing for their own security.
On Sunday, al-Maliki's adviser Yassin Majid told The Associated Press that the prime minister meant that efforts to bolster Iraq's security forces would continue "side-by-side with the withdrawal."
Majid urged the United States to continue building up Iraqi forces so they would be ready whenever the White House orders a troop withdrawal.
Al-Maliki's remarks appeared to reflect Iraqi frustration with American complaints that the country's religious and ethnic communities have failed to move fast enough to enact power-sharing deals — the key to long-term stability after more than four years of war".
Al-Maliki was a compromise candidate. All sides could not agree on each other's candidate, so look what Iraq ended up with! He's in way over his head. He's incompetent, corrupt and in Muqtada al-Sadr's back pocket. Although to his credit he's starting to creep away from al-Sadr. Helluva learning curve!
The Iraqi Security Forces are not anywhere near ready to take over, even those units that operate on their own rely heavily on the US for logistics. That is one of their main weaknesses.
I'm not anti-Iraqi by any means, they just have to get over this loyalty to the clerics, their tribes, Iran and their own bank accounts! They need to be loyal to Iraq as a whole. When or if that happens, Iraq will rock!
Iraq will be a great nation someday, but not in the near future and not with the criminals they have right now running the show.
Regardless of your opinion on the war here, we started it and no matter what our politicians say, we MUST finish it.