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Posted on Jul 24, 2009
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Maliki finds himself in the position of trying to distance himself from the U.S. presence in Iraq ahead of national elections in January.

While affirming the Dec. 31, 2011, date for the pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did mention in a speech to a Washington think tank the possibility of extending that deadline if Iraqi forces still required “further training and further support.”

The BBC:

Iraqi PM Nouri Maliki has hinted that US forces could stay in Iraq beyond the current deadline of 2011.

In a speech at a Washington think tank, he reiterated that the troop presence is due to end on 31 December 2011, under a bilateral agreement.

“Nevertheless, if the Iraqi forces required further training and further support, we shall examine this then at that time,” he said.

US troops pulled out of Iraqi cities and towns at the end of June.

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By bogi666, July 26, 2009 at 5:35 am Link to this comment

The US is a failed empire. The definition of a successful empire is when the wealth is exploited from the colonies and enriches the colonizer. A failed empire is when the wealth of the colonizer is sent to the colonies, this is the Soviet model where the wealth of the Russian Republic was used to prop up the other Soviet Republics. Now the government admits to at least 25 BANKS TOO BIG TO FAIL, which means they are propped up by the government with tax monies paid by individual taxpayers. This is Fascism, when the government collect tax monies for the purpose of doling it out to the CORPORATE WELFARE KINGS. Reagan started this with his huge Federal deficits in the 1980’s, $300,000,000,000 BILLION per year. Federal deficits are financed with bonds and the proceeds of these bonds are then doled out to the CORPORATE WELFARE KINGS and the interest and principle paid by individual taxpayers. Remember Reagan virtually eliminated corporate taxes to ensure they didn’t have to finance the loan proceeds they received.

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By WLA, July 24, 2009 at 8:23 pm Link to this comment

The real question we should be asking is when will we be pulling out of Ahfganistan not Iraq. I suspect we will be in that country far longer.

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By felicity, July 24, 2009 at 12:59 pm Link to this comment

Wonder if we’re still paying out huge sums of money to Iraqi political/religious factions in hopes that they’ll get their acts together. Also wonder if we leave do the payoffs stop?

Some old history might indicate that our present ‘mission’ to ‘convert’ the greater ME will take forever only to finally fail.  Two-hundred years of Crusades still didn’t manage to wipe out the Muslim population - but, hell, they tried.

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By mike112769, July 24, 2009 at 11:14 am Link to this comment

Surprise! We’re stayin’ here forever!

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By Steppin' Razor, July 24, 2009 at 11:02 am Link to this comment

This so sad. My country has in ever respect become a colonial empire and we have only one use a people. To serve the Empire with our taxes and manpower. Of course We The People get nothing in this arrangement. NOTHING! I am afraid it will take a bloody revolution to change this status quo. Very bad days are ahead and the dirty little secret is the whole World is against US. Only our military power keeps the wolves at bay.
Welcome to Servitude to the Corporate Elite and Goodbye to Self Government by The People.

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By bogi666, July 24, 2009 at 11:00 am Link to this comment

I suspect he was paid by the Pentagon to say this.

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