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jefferson_dem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:04 PM
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Aide: Iraqi leader playing on U.S. angst (playing Chimpy like a chump!)
Aide: Iraqi leader playing on U.S. angst
By STEVEN R. HURST and QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA, Associated Press Writers

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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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061028/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq
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Fridays Child Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:07 PM
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1. Bush tried to "elect" a fool in Iraq. He failed miserably...
Edited on Sat Oct-28-06 05:10 PM by Fridays Child
...just as he has failed at everything else he has ever tried to do.
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asjr Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:13 PM
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2. Ha! The Iraqi government finally "stood up." Now, can
we get the hell out Mr. Shrub?
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WePurrsevere Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:16 PM
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3. Duplicate
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