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Maliki Asks for a Pass

Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki has asked his neighbors to forgive his nation’s debts: “Iraq cannot alone shoulder the debt arising from the military adventures of (Saddam Hussein’s) regime.” Hey, he might be onto something there. Maybe the U.S. should take the same approach with China after Bush is gone.

Maliki also said he was “bewildered” that Arab governments did not show their support for his regime by reopening embassies in Baghdad, where safety conditions continue to deteriorate. With such stunning analytical powers, it’s a wonder Maliki has had trouble getting anything done.


AP via Google:

“Iraq cannot alone shoulder the debt arising from the military adventures of (Saddam Hussein’s) regime,” al-Maliki told reporters Monday as he departed for Kuwait, where he will attend a conference involving Iraq’s neighbors and world powers. They will discuss ways to help Iraq secure its borders and improve internal security and stability.

He also urged other governments to open diplomatic missions in Baghdad. Most countries have been reluctant to do so due to safety concerns.

“I am bewildered by the position of these nations. Do they want to support Iraq? Iraq has emerged from a crisis and needs to be supported,” al-Maliki said.

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