Speaking today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Iraqi Prime Minister (as well as Defense Minister, Interior Minister and Internal Security Minister) Nouri al-Maliki ruled out the continuation of the US occupation of Iraq past 2011, saying every last US troops would have to leave exactly as mandated in the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA).
The comments came as a number of US officials have been privately conceding that no one in the US government is operating under the assumption that the SOFA will be abided by, and everyone assumes that the US military will continue operations in Iraq for years to come.
This, however, assumed that they could push the new “broad coalition” government to submit to US calls to stay through the agreed-to deadline, but Maliki’s comments all betray a strongly confident position (as well he might, as he current holds every single portfolio that controls any security forces).
Maliki also downplayed the threat posed by Shi’ite militias, insisting that Sadr’s Mahdi Army was “now part of the government” because Sadr’s faction within the Iraqi National Alliance had joined the government.
And while Maliki’s ability to retain his position as minister of virtually everything remains in doubt, the Obama Administration is increasingly seen as a liabiliy in the country, particularly after publicly condemning Maliki for launching a raid against al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) forces without getting permission from the US commanders first. This may well have convinced him that consolodating his rule will be easier without US proconsuls looking over his shoulder.
11 thoughts on “Maliki: US Must Leave on Time”
Gosh and gee-willikers, just exactly "where" does al-Maliki think the US occupation forces are supposed to go? It's obvious the boots can't come home. You know, to Amerika. Nothing for the boots to do here. No no. No jobs and such. No war here. Not yet anyway.
I mean, does al-Maliki really think the US is going to stick (honorably) to that irksome SOFA? Yeah right. Like that's gonna happen.
This question is for your editor. Why is there a headline story by Ali Gharib at this site that claims it is time to call Ahmadinejads' bluff? As if Iran was the country that is pressing for war when in fact it is Israel and the US that are the aggressors with unreasonable sanctions and constant threats of bombing. This Ali Gharib ia part of the war machine and you give him a headline story.
hahahahaha…like the US is going anywhere. Ask Japan about that.
Or South Korea. Or Germany. Or,,,
"What a revoltin' development dis is!!"
I wonder how long it'll be before King Maliki has an unfortunate accident…I mean it IS a war zone, ya know.
Look at the bright side. This Maliki guy shaves, wears a shirt and tie, and avoids those goofy military uniforms the S-man used to wear. So he's OK by me.
Come on guys.., be nice.., Obama and Hillary Clinton working to "create" jobs.., many of the solders could be hired by Ex, Blackwater and other US or EU mercenaries company as we speak. In the other hand streets of any city’s in America is open to any and countless homeless people even if they are “considered” to be the "Veterans" of wars.
Does Maliki think he's running the show in Iraq now? Or is he just anticipating they'll be running out of oil by then?
As Maliki grows more independent, watch for him to be asassinated – by either the CIA or Mossad – to ensure a permanent US military presence.
I think it will be a resounding triumph for Western Democracy when Maliki puts his foot down and orders the US to get out of Iraq, period. Don't go away mad, just GO. Then, when the USG dreams up all sorts of reasons why it shouldn't leave, can't leave, doesn't want to leave, and you can't make me leave, it will once and for all prove to the world the intentions of the US empire- to do whatever we want, when we want, and to whoever we want. Think we're becoming isolated now? This administration's actions and policies are so full of FAIL I don't even know where to begin.
Nah, this already happened earlier this year with Japan, and nobody noticed, because nobody reported it.
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