Iraq to Set Timetable for U.S. Withdrawal

Prime Minister Malaki has made it clear at the Arab summit that his government will tell the Americans when to leave.

“Today, we are looking at the necessity of terminating the foreign presence on Iraqi lands and restoring full sovereignty,” Maliki told Arab ambassadors in blunt remarks during an official visit to Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates.

John McCain must feel like he is a cursed candidate. This kind of takes Iraq off the election table.

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0 Responses to Iraq to Set Timetable for U.S. Withdrawal

  1. JR says:

    I’ve been looking for reasons for the stock market’s sharp sell-off around noon EDT.

    This story is definitely a candidate!

  2. BobbyG says:

    Wow. Malaki also recently had the insolent temerity to meet with Iran’s President Ahmadinejad, I assume without our permission. Pushin’ the “sovereignty” envelope, there, pal.

  3. zak says:

    clearly, we’ll need to stay and free the Iraqi people of this oppressive Malaki leadership.

  4. Patrick says:


    And, of course, you don’t change horses in mid-sewer.

  5. P. Cross says:

    If you were the leader of Iraq and the leading candidate for US pres. said that he would begin to pull out, post haste, who would you talk to? The Canadian prime minister?

  6. Morgan Warstler says:

    This is about to be our position:

    Pickens also said the U.S. should have a call — an option to buy at a certain price — on oil coming from Iraq.

    “What’s happened now is we’ve paid billions and billions of dollars for the Iraqi situation and we’ve lost 4,000 lives,” Pickens said. “We should at least come out of there with a call on their oil at market price.”

  7. Jon Taplin says:

    Morgan-I thought your notion was that we just take the oil, since we’ve got the bigger army there? Screw the call option, just load it up on tankers at the point of a gun

  8. Dan says:

    What Pickens failed to add was, “after an illegal invasion on phony pretexts, an invasion that was planned long before the 9-11 attacks and was a bald attempt to control global oil markets.”

    I have an idea: Let Pickens pick up a rifle and patrol Baghdad.

  9. STS says:

    The call option was available cheap before we invaded. It was called ‘force projection’ using carriers off shore and a credible threat to seize the oil fields if any pan-arabist leader (eg. Saddam in his dreams) attempted to cut off the supply. The odds of that were slim to none. If you believe Saddam was hot to build nukes, you also believe he needed the megabucks from oil sales. Not exactly consistent with turning off the spigot. Besides which Saddam was a decade or more from being the swing producer so he’d be cutting off his revenue without really punishing anyone.

    We’ve bumped up the price of that call for absolutely no good reason. (Well, GWB does have Saddam’s pearl-handled revolver.) But we still hold it regardless of our forward strategy in Iraq. Obama’s plan to redeploy out would reduce the cost (assuming he still plans to do it).

    Remember, too, that Pickens is now in the business of building wind farms in the plains states, so he’ll tend to argue for an early (even past) peak in oil production. I think everyone underestimates how quickly we could reduce our consumption if we actually got serious about it. We’re all still in the major “whining” phase about conservation.

    Jon, I don’t think Pickens was really defending the invasion. He has been very harsh on the lack of leadership from Washington — I think that means GWB especially.

  10. Dan says:

    STS I didn’t know that. If he’s building wind farms then I’ll suspend his patrolling duties.

    I also just read that GM has been building huge solar arrays on the roofs of their factories, and has announced plans to build the biggest one ever in Spain. It will produce enough electricity for 4,600 homes.

    That’s the kind of thing the future will look back at and say, “Makes you wonder why they dragged their feet on that kind of thing.”

  11. Morgan Warstler says:

    Jon than you really misread me, many, many times – when I speak of our oil interest, I always speak about it this way (go back look):

    1. it is about protecting the market, having market set prices – who can and will pay the most.
    2. keeping oil from being weaponized… which means holding it back to charge more for it, or worse, to make us bend politically.
    3. military presence is to assure maximum production, which reduces price.

    The lead balloon, where I say absolutely NO, is Saudi Arabia thinking sometime in the future they’ll just keep an extra 2 Mbpd in the ground, and make more money in the process. Same with Iran. Iraq is about pushing to maximum production, so that others essentially have to produce more and sell it at “cheaper” prices. cheaper as in $100 barrels, not $400 barrels.

    It isn’t just money in our pocket, it is money in Iraq’s pocket, and less money in Iran’s and Russia’s, and Saudi Arabia.

    It still leaves plenty of price shock on the table for I think it is pretty obvious how this is all going to shake out:

    – more drilling here
    – clean coal support
    – new vehicles motors and engines here
    – nuclear
    – wind and solar here

    – this corn stuff is looking pretty hair brained.

    We can’t afford to pick and choose, infact, any form of not-in-my-backyard or thats-too-dirty-to use from anyone will queer the whole deal.

    You can scream about being responsible, but you can’t obstruct drilling and coal – we simply can’t afford it. I personally think Malibu should lead the charge, I’m not kidding. It’d be great for the nation. The celebs finally leading responsibly, not driving a Prius, but accepting it in their own line of site. Eventually the rigs go away, maybe they wouldn’t even find oil, but the willingness to accept it – would seriously impress alot of poor folk paying $4-5 a gallon.

    You hear it here first: Drill Malibu.

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