Sounds good to me. Where's the door?In another valentine to
Al-Maliki says his government needs "time and effort" to enact the political reforms that Washington seeks
"Particularly since the political process is facing security, economic and services pressures, as well as regional and international interference."But he said that if necessary, Iraqi police and soldiers could fill the void left by the departure of coalition forces:
"We say in full confidence that we are able, God willing, to take the responsibility completely in running the security file if the international forces withdraw at anytime they want."In a progress the report mandated by Congress as a preliminary analysis of the success of President Bush's latest strategy, the Iraqi government got satisfactory marks on military and security matters, but it is an open secret that efforts to train up Iraqi soldiers have lagged because of the focus on the surge strategy and at most only two brigades are fully operational, the same number as a year ago.
Meanwhile, one of Al-Maliki's close advisers, Shiite lawmaker Hassan al-Suneid, bristled over the American pressure, telling The Associated Press that:
"The situation looks as if it is an experiment in an American laboratory [judging] whether we succeed or fail."He sharply criticized the
This blogger has taken the 18 U.S.-imposed benchmarks and applied them to the good old US of A. While his conclusions certainly are subjective, you should not be shocked to known that we’re not doing as well as those Aye-Rackis. Click here for a snout full.