Tuesday, July 22, 2008

McCAIN KNOWS WHAT MALIKI THINKS BETTER THAN MALIKI DOES

Think Progress This Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops out of Iraq as soon as possible, supporting the plan set forth by Sen. Barack Obama (D-IL). "Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes," he said.

When Maliki signaled support for a timetable earlier this month, McCain rejected it. This weekend, a senior McCain aide told Marc Ambinder, "voters care about [the] military, not about Iraqi leaders." On NBC's Today Show today, McCain was again dismissive of Maliki, suggesting that only he knows what the Iraqis really "want":

Q: If the Iraqi government were to say, if you were president, 'we want a timetable for troops being removed,' would you agree to that?

McCAIN: I've been there too many times. I've met too many times with him. And I know what they want. They want it based on conditions. And of course they'd like to have us out. That's what happens when you win wars.

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