Sunday, July 20, 2008

A "Clarification"

Maliki's office (though not the PM himself) issued a statement (through CENTCOM) saying that Maliki had been "mistranslated" (Der Spiegel stands by the story).
Dr. Ali al-Dabbagh, a spokesman for the Iraqi government, issued a statement saying Mr. Maliki’s statement had been “as not conveyed accurately regarding the vision of Senator Barack Obama, U.S. presidential candidate, on the timeframe for U.S. forces withdrawal from Iraq,” but it did not address a specific error. It did soften his support for Mr. Obama’s plan and implied a more tentative approach to withdrawing troops.

As it turns out, unsurprisingly, the Bushies leaned heavily on Maliki's office to get this "retraction"

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.

It's in the media's ball-park now. Will they let themselves be flim-flammed by the administration? Of course they will.

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