Wednesday, February 21, 2007

President of Iraq Applauds UK Troop Withdrawal

And yet... Bush still wants us to believe that the Iraqis want us there. From the Guardian:
The Iraqi president, Jalal Talabani, today told the Guardian that Tony Blair's statement on phased troop withdrawal in the southern city of Basra was "a welcome catalyst for Iraqi security forces in the south and elsewhere to stand on their own feet".

Mr Talabani said Mr Blair's announcement to the Commons "had not come as a surprise to anyone".

His comments came as Iraq's political leaders, who have been pressing the Bush administration to allow Iraqi forces shoulder more of the security burden in the country, welcomed news of the troop reduction.

The deputy prime minister, Barham Salih - who was praised by Mr Blair for directing a multi-million dollar reconstruction package for the oil-rich but poverty-ridden southern city, said: "British troops have helped liberate the people of Iraq from tyranny.

"We honour their sacrifices in helping Iraqis to live in freedom. The redeployment comes in the context of transferring security responsibilities to the Iraqi government, but activating the economy is the real key to stability."


In case you do not want to read the entire article, the best line comes at the end of the article: "One senior provincial official in Basra said: 'If, after four years, they can't withdraw 1,600 troops without destabilizing the situation, then God help us.'"

It seems that the only people that still want us there are Cheney, Bush, and an incredibly dense 30% of America.

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