Monday, October 16, 2006

Bush & Rice Still Speaking?

President Bush’s comments of open ended support for Iraqi Prime Minister al Maliki came in a 15 minute phone call between the two leaders. The Iraqi PM shared his concern that he had only a two month period to make good.

President Bush personally assured Iraq's prime minister Monday that he has no plans to pull U.S. forces out and to ignore rumors that a deadline would be enforced against the fledgling Baghdad government.

The president's pledge came in a 15-minute morning phone call with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, who told Bush he was concerned because he had been hearing that the United States was giving him a two-month timeline to operate on his own.

The President’s comments appeared to also be in response to Senators John Warner and Chuck Hagel’s recently stated concerns.

"He said that rumors sometimes can undercut confidence in the government and also its ability to work effectively in fighting terror," said Bush spokesman Tony Snow. "And the president said, `Don't worry, you still have our full support.' "

Is the Iraqi leader familiar with FEMA Director Michael Brown post Hurricane Katrina? Brownie went from full support to pariah in the span of days. When the President needs a fall guy, the foundation can disappear quickly.

Snow said he wasn't clear where the rumors were coming from.

Does Tony not read the news? Sec. of State Condoleeza Rice delivered such a message during her recent surprise visit to Iraq less than two weeks ago.

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, making an unannounced visit to Iraq, said Thursday that its leaders had limited time to settle political differences spurring sectarian and insurgent violence.

Have the President and his Secretary of State quit speaking? Or, is al-Maliki doing "a heckuva job" and next in line for a Brownie?

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