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Iraqi PM Demands Respect

Posted on Oct 28, 2006
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Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri Maliki, privately chastised the United States’ patronizing attitude regarding Iraqi sovereignty, saying he is not “America’s man in Iraq.”

Los Angeles Times:

Prime Minister Nouri Maliki and the U.S. Embassy said in the statement that they had agreed to unspecified timelines to make tough political and security decisions on the country’s future.

Privately, however, Maliki criticized what he called the patronizing U.S. tone toward the Iraqi government and warned U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad to respect Iraq’s sovereignty, two of the prime minister’s advisors said.

“I’m a friend to the United States, but not America’s man in Iraq,” Maliki told Khalilzad, according to Hassan Senaid, one of the prime minister’s closest advisors.

Previously, Maliki had vehemently rejected the notion of deadlines for his government to achieve key goals, but the statement said that “the Iraqi government has made clear the issues that must be resolved with timelines for them to take positive steps forward on behalf of the Iraqi people.”


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By glennjefferson, October 29, 2006 at 7:55 pm Link to this comment
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This really make the war on terror look good. This man has used us as fools. Just think, we have given them money and american lives and he doesn’t want the fighting to end because he wants americans to keep dying and the money to keep coming.Just think about it, 9 billions was reported lost, ask Maliki about it or pull out until it is returned.

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By alex, October 28, 2006 at 12:20 pm Link to this comment
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Maliki demanding respect from George W Bush is a little like Kermit the Frog demanding respect from Jim Henson.

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By Quy Tran, October 28, 2006 at 11:28 am Link to this comment
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Be careful Mr. Maliki ! Do you remember Ngo Dinh Diem over 40 years ago ? There’re absolutely no “Allies” but “Lord” and “Servants or Mercenaries”. Never make your “Allies” mad.

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By BARBARA, October 28, 2006 at 9:01 am Link to this comment
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We aught to respect PM Malaki and withdraw from Iraq.  It would benefit all of us.  Our young people would not be dying by the hundreds in a ware that should never been started and Mr. Malaki can spend his time gaining the resepct of the various violent factions in his country.  Hey, its a win win situation all the way around.

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By john cooney, October 28, 2006 at 8:50 am Link to this comment
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the U.S.A. is not in iraq to respect iraqis you are there to fight a war.america have you forgotten what happened in vietnam you fight to win or pull out

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By linda shelton, October 28, 2006 at 8:43 am Link to this comment
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patronizing is what bush does best, sorta like eddie haskell. maliki IS americas man in iraq whether he thinks so or not. otherwise he would not be P.M. just ask bush.

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By Fadel Abdallah, October 28, 2006 at 8:01 am Link to this comment
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Nouri Al-Maliki saying he is not “America’s man in Iraq,” might not be a strong enough statement to describe him. What about if we say he is the “American puppet!”

It seems that the fooled man started to believe Bush’s propaganda that they have now a democracy in Iraq. What a joke! The man who hijacked democracy and stole two elections in a traditionally democratic system was successful in bringing democracy to Iraq on top of tanks and under the cover of weapons of mass destruction! This is the end of commonsense!

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