First it was the Iraqi parliament that overwhelmingly told the United States' forces to leave their country. Now Prime Minister al-Maliki is telling us again, please leave. Pretty please with cherries on top. They know the American occupation can do no good in Baghdad or anywhere within Iraq. So do the American people. The only stalwarts left are George Bush and his sycophants.
From Yahoo News:
BAGHDAD - Prime Minister shrugged off . doubts of his government's military and political progress on Saturday, saying Iraqi forces are capable and American troops can leave "any time they want."
One of his top aides, meanwhile, accused the of embarrassing the Iraqi government by violating human rights and treating his country like an "experiment in a U.S. lab."
Al-Maliki sought to display confidence at a time when pressure is mounting in Congress for a speedy withdrawal of U.S. forces. On Thursday, the House passed a measure calling for the U.S. to withdraw its troops by spring, hours after thereported mixed progress by the Iraqi government toward meeting 18 benchmarks.
Someone once said we would stand down when they stood up. Well Iraqis want to stand up...to the American occupation that is. They may want to kill each other as well, but they want us to leave and leave now. This news puts another huge hole in Bush's rationale to keep our country mired in a war we cannot win. Yet this is George Bush we are talking about and no one is going to make him leave Iraq, even the Iraqis themselves.