Bummer For Barack… Maliki's Words Misinterpreted– Does Not Want Timeline For Withdrawal
It’s too late for Obama– His Op-Ed on withdrawing troops from Iraq was already published this morning in The New York Times.
Democrats including Barack Obama were wrong about the Bush Surge in Iraq.
It has been a phenomenal success.
Children play in the street and greet U.S. Soldiers as they pass by during a presence patrol in the Shula District, Baghdad, Iraq, July 7, 2008. The Soldiers are in Alpha Troop, 1st Squadron, 75th Cavalry, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division. Photo by Joint Combat Camera Center Iraq. (MNF-Iraq)
The prime minister was widely quoted as saying that in the negotiations with the Americans on a Status of Forces Agreement to regulate the US troop presence from next year, “the direction is towards either a memorandum of understanding on their evacuation, or a memorandum of understanding on a timetable for their withdrawal”.
That was the version of Mr Maliki’s remarks put out in writing by his office in Baghdad.
It was widely circulated by the news media, and caught much attention, including that of Mr Obama.
There is only one problem. It is not what Mr Maliki actually said.
In an audio recording of his remarks, heard by the BBC, the prime minister did not use the word “withdrawal”.
What he actually said was: “The direction is towards either a memorandum of understanding on their evacuation, or a memorandum of understanding on programming their presence.”
Mr Maliki’s own office had inserted the word “withdrawal” in the written version, replacing the word “presence”.
So Maliki is not squeezing US troops out of Iraq after all.
Why is this not surprising?
You’d think just once in 5 years the media would screw up on the side of George Bush.
But, once again, this is not the case.
How do they do it?