Boy the American media sure was reluctant to talk about al-Maliki's statement until somehow the "PENTAGON", as opposed the the Iraqi Government, put out a non-denial denial.
But, here's the problem (the incredibly milquetoast quality [at best] of American media on "substantive" stuff being OUR problem]... the media of other countries isn't going to bend over backward (or perhaps forward in Liz Sidoti's case) to enable McCain's imbecility.
Der Spiegel stands by the Maliki interview.
And, since they've put up the entire transcript there is more than good reason for this.
But here, apparently, the story must die -- other than letting John McCain get away with how Iraqi sovereignty is bullshit as far as his imperial-lovin' ever bombing self is concerned.