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rodeodance Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:23 PM
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Aide: Iraqi leader playing on U.S. angst Iraqi's know how to play the game)



http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq


Aide: Iraqi leader playing on U.S. angst

By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writers 4 minutes ago

BAGHDAD, Iraq - After a hastily arranged video conference with George Bush,
Iraq's prime minister said Saturday that the U.S. president promised to move swiftly to turn over full control of the Iraqi army to the Baghdad government. A close aide to Nouri al-Maliki said later the prime minister was intentionally playing on U.S. voter displeasure with the war to strengthen his hand with Washington.

Hassan al-Suneid, a member of al-Maliki's inner circle, said the video conference was sought because issues needed airing at a higher level than with U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad.

Al-Suneid said the prime minister complained to Bush that Khalilzad, an Afghan-born Sunni Muslim, was treating the Shiite al-Maliki imperiously.

"The U.S. ambassador is not (L. Paul) Bremer (the former U.S. administrator in Iraq). He does not have a free rein to do what he likes. Khalilzad must not behave like Bremer but rather like an ambassador," al-Suneid quoted al-Maliki as saying.

The remarks were the fourth time in a week that al-Maliki challenged the U.S. handling of the war. The ripostes flowed from an announcement by Khalilzad on Tuesday that al-Maliki had agreed to a U.S. plan to set timelines for progress in quelling violence in Iraq.
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leftchick Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 04:33 PM
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1. oooo and right after the chimp's call too!
I see a coup in the very near future. OT but does anyone know if Khalilzad is even a US citizen? I have been wondering that for a while now.
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Rose Siding Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 09:43 PM
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2. Maliki's more powerful for the next few days than he knows.
What *wouldn't* bush trade away to keep a subservient Republican House? He has to keep Maliki looking like a team player.
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