Maliki: Iraqis Can Keep Peace Without U.S.

AP:

Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Saturday that the Iraqi army and police are capable of keeping security in the country when American troops leave “any time they want,” though he acknowledged the forces need further weapons and training.

One wonders why they haven’t done it up to now.

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Comments

  1. yetanotherjohn says:

    To be fair, seven of the 18 provinces have Provincial Iraqi Control now, with an eighth due soon. So while I suspect Maliki is engaging in the normal politicians desire to inspire confidence (hard to get people to work for or with the government if they think it will fail if the democrats demand for withdrawal is met), it’s not like there is nothing that has been done.

  2. Michael says:

    Hell, that’s good enough for me. Let’s declare victory, wave big “Mission Accomplished” banners and get the hell out.

  3. steve says:

    What Michael said.

  4. Perhaps Maliki is striking back because of rumors that some elements wihin the adminstration wants him replaced.

  5. yetanotherjohn says:

    Okay Michael and Steve, what happens after the flag waving. Are you on board with the NYT in favor of genocide? Are you willing to have the democratic party stand up and say “Follow our advice, withdraw immediately from Iraq and if any negative consequences occur from the withdrawal, never trust or elect a democrat again”.

    You might want to think about what the world would be like if the US had followed the democrats advice about ending an unpopular war immediately in 1864.

  6. spencer says:

    yet another john tells a lot about the republican party that he has to go back to 1864 to find the republican party leading the US to victory in a war.

  7. G.A.Phillips says:

    Well I was was going say to Reagan won the cold war against communism, but we still have China, North Korea, Hugo “the gimp” Chavez and your beloved Castro plus the true spirit of Marxism living passionately in the harts of you liberals.

    Spencer I think you might you might have a Point.

  8. jb says:

    It won’t be genocide. Genocide is the slaughter of an entire people. What will happen is the defeat in battle, followed by massacre, of part of a political group within one country.

    Calling every identity-motivated massacre “genocide” cheapens real genocide.