Saturday, July 14, 2007

Excellent. Let's take him at his word and get the hell out.

PM: Iraqis Can Keep Peace Without U.S.

Associated Press Writer
BAGHDAD (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.

The embattled prime minister sought to show confidence at a time when pressure in the U.S. Congress is growing for a withdrawal and the Bush administration reported little progress had been made on the most vital of a series of political reforms it wants al-Maliki to carry out.

Moreover, the Pentagon on Friday conceded that the Iraqi army has become more reliant on the U.S. military. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Peter Pace, said the number of Iraqi battalions able to operate on their own without U.S. support has dropped in recent months from 10 to six, though he said the fall was in part due to attrition from stepped-up offensives.


At 8:52 AM, Blogger Paddy said...

Good morning!!!


At 9:47 AM, Blogger Mary Ellen said...

Didn't Bush say we would leave if the government said they didn't want us there?

At 11:59 AM, Blogger gimmeabreak said...

We'll leave when Maliki and the gov't sign that oil revenue sharing deal that makes sure we get the oil AND the profits - not a minute sooner.


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