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Maliki to Bush/McCain: Am I Making Myself Clear Now?

Jul 31, 2020
To build off my piece todayabout how Iraqi PM Nouri al-Maliki’s call for a U.S. withdrawal along the lines of Sen. Barack Obama’s proposal lands a body blow to Bush and McCain: the Washington Post reportsthat Maliki is leaving absolutely no doubt that Der Spiegel magazine quoted him accurately, despite the White House pressure to get him to backtrack.
But by Monday, Maliki’s office had posted on its Web site the Arabic version of the Der Spiegel interview. It was clear that Maliki, without prompting, expressed support for Obama’s position.
“Obama’s remarks that, if he takes office, he would withdraw the forces within 16 months, we think that this period might increase or decrease a little, but that it might be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq,” Maliki said, according to a translation by The Washington Post.
Nor is it at all unclear what that means.
“Obama is closer to Iraqi opinion on the issue of withdrawal of U.S. forces,” said Ali al-Adeeb, a top official in Maliki’s Dawa party. “We don’t know him personally, but we like his opinion and his calls to set a timetable to withdraw forces.”
Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke

Dexter Cooke is an economist, marketing strategist, and orthopedic surgeon with over 20 years of experience crafting compelling narratives that resonate worldwide. He holds a Journalism degree from Columbia University, an Economics background from Yale University, and a medical degree with a postdoctoral fellowship in orthopedic medicine from the Medical University of South Carolina. Dexter’s insights into media, economics, and marketing shine through his prolific contributions to respected publications and advisory roles for influential organizations. As an orthopedic surgeon specializing in minimally invasive knee replacement surgery and laparoscopic procedures, Dexter prioritizes patient care above all. Outside his professional pursuits, Dexter enjoys collecting vintage watches, studying ancient civilizations, learning about astronomy, and participating in charity runs.
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