I'd wish Maliki would make up his mind. Does he like the US or not?
Iraqi PM Lashes Out at U.S. Critics
QASSIM ABDUL-ZAHRA | August 22, 2007 09:57 AM EST | AP
DAMASCUS, Syria — Iraq's prime minister lashed out Wednesday at U.S. criticism, saying no one has the right to impose timetables on his elected government and that his country "can find friends elsewhere."
Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki blamed the U.S. presidential campaign for the recent tough words about his government, from President Bush and from other U.S. politicians.
Bush on Tuesday said he was frustrated with Iraqi leaders' inability to bridge political divisions. But he added that only the Iraqi people can decide whether to sideline al-Maliki.
"Clearly, the Iraqi government's got to do more," Bush said. "I think there's a certain level of frustration with the leadership in general, inability to work _ come together to get, for example, an oil revenue law passed or provincial elections."
Look it. We gave you freedom, didn't we. Bloodshed, but freedom. A civil war, but freedom. A massive reconstruction nightmare (which we will gladly finance on the American taxpayer dime), but freedom. How ungrateful can you all be?