Don’t Call It a Comeback, I’ve Been Here For Years

According to Think Progress, Bush apparently pressured Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki into pushing back the timetable for American withdrawal in an apparent effort to distance the plan from the one Barack Obama had advocated and John McCain had fervently opposed (and in a fantastic twist irony, criticized as “political”). This is from a statement Maliki made in Arabic:

Actually, the final date was really the end of 2010 and the period between the end of 2010 and the end of 2011 was for withdrawing the remaining troops from all of Iraq, but they asked for a change [in date] due to political circumstances related to the [U.S] domestic situation so it will not be said to the end of 2010 followed by one year for withdrawal but the end of 2011 as a final date.

It’s good to see the number one supporter of the troops is perfectly willing to elongate their stay for domestic political considerations.

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One Response to “Don’t Call It a Comeback, I’ve Been Here For Years”

  1. Taking Two for the Team « Yes, Let’s Talk About This Says:

    […] what you will about George Bush, but he is one hell of an American Republican team player. First he pressures Maliki into pushing for a later withdrawal timetable to contrast with Obama’s plan that would leave troops in danger for longer, and now […]


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