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liberal N proud Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:32 PM
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CNN: Iraq's leader to U.S.: You don't own me

Iraqi prime minister: 'I'm not America's man'

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) -- Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki on Saturday referred to the boundary between himself and the United States, telling U.S. President Bush that he answers first to the Iraqi government and people, according to an Iraqi official.

The clarification first came up Friday during a private meeting between al-Maliki and U.S. Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad, according to an Iraqi parliament member who is also al-Maliki's senior aide.

"I consider myself a friend of the U.S., but I'm not America's man in Iraq," al-Maliki told the U.S. ambassador, according to Hassan al-Seneid.

The prime minister told Khalilzad that as head of a national unity government, he must win the approval of Iraq's parliament before acting on any proposals, al-Seneid said.

Al-Maliki repeated the message to Bush during a video conference Saturday, in which the two leaders discussed transferring power to Iraqi forces, Iraqi government spokesman Ali Dabbagh said.

http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/10/28/iraq.main/ind...
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:39 PM
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1. "I consider myself a friend of the U.S., but I'm not America's man in Iraq,"
...and so out of Nuri al-Maliki's own mouth he has uttered his own fate! Nuri will be gone soon after the November 8th U.S. election results regardless of whether republicans or democrats control either or both houses.
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HysteryDiagnosis Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 05:45 PM
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2. In a preemptive sort of way, perhap even psychic, thanks
for the memories, short lived though they may be. At least you won't have to follow this script sir.


www.ericblumrich.com/thanks.html
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shadowknows69 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Oct-28-06 06:32 PM
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3. Ok Al
just as long as YOU believe that.
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