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Eugene Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:30 PM
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US puts Maliki on the clock in Iraq (AFP)
US puts Maliki on the clock in Iraq

by Stephen Collinson

2 hours, 36 minutes ago

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States is putting Prime Minister
Nuri al-Maliki and fellow Iraqi leaders on the clock, as frustration
in Washington mounts at his government's inability to stem raging
violence.

A fearsome week in Iraq which saw Baghdad's worst rash of bombings
in three years and a surge in the numbers of US soldiers killed,
tightened the political screws on President George W. Bush's
administration ahead of crucial November elections.

Top US officials further sharpened the public US message towards the
Maliki government -- a process which started with anonymous quotes
by US officials leaked to US newspapers in September -- and reached
a new pitch when Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice flew into
Baghdad on Thursday.

-snip-

Rice did not provide a deadline, but US ambassador to Iraq Zalmay
Khalilzad indicated a week ago on CNN that the window for critical
action to stem the carnage in Iraq may be down to two months.

-snip-

Full article: http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20061008/wl_mideast_afp/usi...

Also: Analysis: U.S. influence on Iraq limited - AP

"The security situation is not one to be tolerated" - Condoleezza Rice
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The Velveteen Ocelot Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:30 PM
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1. And then what?
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acmavm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:32 PM
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2. That was the first thing I thought too.
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ECH1969 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:34 PM
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3. Then the US arrests the 30 Sadr parlimentarians
for being death squad commanders which collapses the Iraqi government and allows for a national salvation governmnet.
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LynnTheDem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:36 PM
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4. We made the mess; we are INCAPABLE of cleaning it up, so YOU do it, Iraq.
And even today some Americans wonder why we're so despised and looked down upon by the rest of the world's population.
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madrchsod Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-07-06 11:41 PM
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5. yes what are they going to do?
well they are not going to do anything at all. the country will probably split apart into three separate political/religious/ethnic areas. then all bets are off on what will happen next. another bush mess for someone to clean up after
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struggle4progress Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 12:43 AM
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6. So this what full sovereignty looks like:
"We're puttin ya on the clock: straighten up, or we're carvin yer country into little pieces."
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bhikkhu Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 03:01 AM
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7. Exactly. Didn't we hand over the keys, with much fanfare
some time ago? The statement is one of a desperate force of occupation - one who has no intention of ever packing his bags and parting ways.
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