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Al-Maliki: US Troops Should Leave Iraq A.S.A.P.

By Wyatt Earp | July 20, 2008

That’s good enough for me. Pack it in, boys!

BERLIN (Reuters) – Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki told a German magazine he supported Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama’s proposal that American troops should leave Iraq within 16 months.

See? Barack Obama is The Messiah! He can bring about the end of the war!

In an interview with Der Spiegel released on Saturday, Maliki said he wanted U.S. troops to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible.

As soon as possible? I am actually okay with that. I think we should start rolling up the tents today, and if they’re not ready to run their country, too bad.

“U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.”

Screw 16 months. You said as soon as possible. To me, that means, like yesterday. Chop chop!

“Artificially extending the stay of U.S. troops would cause problems.” (H/TReuters)

I know my comments have been dripping with the sweet aroma of snarkasm, but in all seriousness, I am in total agreement with al-Maliki. Personally, I think he comes off as a bit of an ingrate with the last comment, but he is the Prime Minister. It’s his country. If he wants us out, I say we grant him his wish – as soon as possible.

I also say that if and when his country falls apart again, we ask him to look elsewhere for help.

I now stand ready to face your cries of “surrender monkey” and “troop hater.”

Topics: Iraq, The Troops | 12 Comments »

12 Responses to “Al-Maliki: US Troops Should Leave Iraq A.S.A.P.”

  1. Rick Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 12:09 am

    I agree with you Wyatt. If we are not wanted we should leave.And if things go sour.Look to the French for help.

  2. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 12:13 am

    Rick – Don’t get me wrong: I don’t want things to go south for them. I just think that if the government wants us out, we should leave without argument. Otherwise, we’ll be giving ammunition to the Leftists that are saying we were just an occupation force.

  3. Deanna Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 12:35 am

    You should know where I stand… I wish I could go back a few days before Andy got shot and his 9 friends were killed and bring them all home.

  4. Ryan Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 1:29 am

    I’ll go with the immediate withdrawl proposal…IF we allow unrestricted drilling in coastal waters, ANWR and Nancy Pelosi’s backyard (after taking it with eminent domain), shale oil in the states of Colorado and Wyoming, an enormous frakking windfarm in Nantucket sound, a nuke plant on every military base that the Dems decommissioned and a field of oil refineries where the houses of liberal politicians and Hollywood actors used to be.

    Otherwise the sacrifices made by our men and women in uniform would be pointless.

    Although…I’d give real money to see the faces of the AQ terrorists when all the soldiers who’d been in Iraq showed up in Afghanistan looking for a fight.

  5. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 7:16 am

    I guess al-Maliki thinks he can handle being the newest Iranian province. I hope he is ready when the U.S. Military leaves and Iran is looking over their borders.

  6. Earl Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 11:54 am

    I think that change is good… pocket change that I can roll up and deposit in my credit union (which isn’t going under). If Iraq under our current elected leadership is prepared to go it alone – allow them to, but buy up all their oil futures at rock bottom prices. And build nuclear plants, electrify railroads and subways and street cars… so many things to do that have nothing to do with Iraq in America’s world. Let’s get on with it.

  7. Ryan Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 1:15 pm

    I just heard on Fox News that Maliki is claiming he was wrongly translated.

    We all know Reuters would never do something like that, right?

  8. Morgan Says:
    July 20th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

    I now stand ready to face your cries of “surrender monkey” and “troop hater.”

    Okay, how about this: SURRENDER MONKEY! TROOP HATER! Were you ready for that?

    Anyway, back to being serious. If Iraq can take care of itself (in other words, we win the war), then the troops should start coming home.

    However, as to Al-Maliki’s statements, there is some question as to whether the translation of his statements were accurate or not. So until then, I’ll reserve my final judgment on the matter.

  9. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 8:05 am

    Deanna – Still praying for him. Keep us updated.

    Ryan – I am still of the opinion that if he wants us out, we should go. Frak ‘em!

    Admiral – I’m sure Ahmadinejad is licking his chops at this.

    Earl – Wind power, baby! It blows! Heh.

    Ryan – I don’t buy it. Al-Maliki hasn’t exactly been our most staunch supporter of late.

    Morgan – I don’t think he was misquoted. I think he’s covering his arse.

  10. Mikeb302000 Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 8:28 am

    I also say that if and when his country falls apart again, we ask him to look elsewhere for help.

    I think this was the second big lie. First was the WMDs. When that no longer had any credibility, we were in there to help those poor people.

  11. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 21st, 2008 at 9:19 am

    MikeB – You’re right. We went over there to kill as many innocent civilians possible and take their oil. I mean, it’s not like we deposed an evil dictator that used chemical weapons on his own citizens and threw his female citizens into rape rooms. I’m sure the Iraqis were much better off under Saddam Hussein than they are now. Dope.

    Wow, I wonder what they put in the water in Italy.

  12. leoni2 Says:
    July 22nd, 2008 at 3:30 pm

    IT sometimes make me wonder who our real friends in the world are. I’m thinking Maliki is leting the present success go to his head. But, with all the logistics involved in removing all of that equipment each unit uses, decontaminating said equipment, etc., I don’t ever think we can pull troops out in sixteen months. I think that’s a deadline for failure, picked on purpose for a fiasco.