If there's anything to this New York Times story, Maliki's spokesman didn't say anything about being mistranslated and taken out of context until after U.S. diplomats complained. Andrew McCarthy provides some useful Maliki context. This has the potential to become a problem for McCain's Iraq position, even (perhaps especially) if Maliki is just playing to a domestic political audience, if an Iraqi desire for the U.S. military presence to wind down becomes one of the major facts on the ground.
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