In a stunning diplomatic breakthrough for Barack Obama, Iraq's Prime Minister has endorsed the Democratic c...
In a stunning diplomatic breakthrough for Barack Obama, Iraq's Prime Minister has endorsed the Democratic candidate's sixteen-month timeline for withdrawing combat troops for Iraq.
Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki endorsed the Obama approach in a July 19 interview with the German magazine, "Der Spiegel", just as President Bush and Senator John McCain were touting a vague new commitment to an unspecified "horizon" for withdrawal.
The New York Times did not report the Maliki statement in its July 19 edition.
Uncertainty about Maliki's surprise statement persists since his top political spokesman told the Times only one week ago that troop withdrawals would take three to five years, if not longer.
The two men's positions also allow thousands of counter-terrorism units, trainers and advisers to remain in Iraq as 140,000 US combat troops depart.
But as Obama's plane touched down in Afghanistan, Maliki's comments were having a far-reaching effect on the war and presidential politics, with the Maliki government withdrawing from George Bush and making McCain appear foolish...