As the next president comes in, one of the things we will uncover is just how widespread the systematic perversion of the government into an arm of the Republican party is. In this instance it's the Bushies pushing Iraq's Maliki to walk back what was clearly an endorsement of Sen. Obama's strategy in Iraq.
The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel 'misinterpreted and mistranslated' followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq.
Of course, as the current administration comes to a close, they've been adopting the Democratic position on much of their foreign policy - from Iraq to North Korea and Iran - because what they've pushed is such an amazingly miserable failure.
UPDATE: More on how the White House/GOP is pushing a made up retraction on this story. Even for them, this is mighty disgraceful.
But the interpreter for the interview works for Mr. Maliki’s office, not the magazine. And in an audio recording of Mr. Maliki’s interview that Der Spiegel provided to The New York Times, Mr. Maliki seemed to state a clear affinity for Mr. Obama’s position, bringing it up on his own in an answer to a general question on troop presence.
The following is a direct translation from the Arabic of Mr. Maliki’s comments by The Times: “Obama’s remarks that — if he takes office — in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq.”
He continued: “Who wants to exit in a quicker way has a better assessment of the situation in Iraq.”