They Grow Up So Fast! Sniff ... Sniff.
The fledgling democracy in Iraq is flapping its wings:
Iraq said on Tuesday it will reject any security pact with the United States unless it sets a date for the pullout of US-led foreign troops, a proposal turned down by US President George W. Bush.I'm sure he feels bewildered, like a rejected parent. I mean, you feed them, you nurture them, you encourage their first faltering steps toward democracy ... And then they turn around and demand to be treated like a real country instead of a satrapy.
White House spokesman Scott Stanzel said the talks were aimed at reaching agreement on a framework for future US-Iraqi relations and on the arrangements to govern the US military presence.Let's review what the Iraq government (the people who, in the New Free and Democratic Nation of Iraq, are supposed to be running things)apparently said:
"It is important to understand that these are not talks on a hard date for a withdrawal," he said. "When you make an agreement," he added, however, "that doesn't mean that there won't be some understanding of time-frames."
"We will not accept any memorandum of understanding if it does not give a specific date for a complete withdrawal of foreign troops," national security advisor Muwaffaq al-Rubaie told reporters in the holy city of Najaf.Wait a minute--that's not at all in line with the statement from the White House!
Gee, that's a first. I mean, they've been right about so many other things ... Wait ... Why are you laughing?