Saturday, July 14, 2007

Okay, NOW can we leave?

Iraq's prime minister says that US troops can leave "any time they want." That's nice...except that not everyone agrees with the guy.

Al-Maliki said difficulty in enacting the measures was "natural" given Iraq's turmoil.

But one of his top aides, Hassan al-Suneid, rankled at the assessment, saying the U.S. was treating Iraq like "an experiment in an American laboratory." He sharply criticised the U.S. military, saying it was committing human rights violations, embarrassing the Iraqi government with its tactics and cooperating with "gangs of killers" in its campaign against al-Qaida in Iraq.

Come on. This is stupid. These guys can't make up their own minds, and we can't run their country for them. The general undercurrent in al-Maliki and al-Suneid's statements is the same: "We don't want the US here." You don't stay at a party after the host has told you to leave, so why continue to occupy a country that wants you out?

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