But the interpreter for the interview works for Mr. Maliki’s office, not the magazine. And in an audio recording of Mr. Maliki’s interview that Der Spiegel provided to The New York Times, Mr. Maliki seemed to state a clear affinity for Mr. Obama’s position, bringing it up on his own in an answer to a general question on troop presence.
The following is a direct translation from the Arabic of Mr. Maliki’s comments by The Times: "Obama’s remarks that — if he takes office — in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq."
He continued: "Who wants to exit in a quicker way has a better assessment of the situation in Iraq."
NOT A MISTRANSLATION AT ALL
The statement by an aide to Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki calling his remarks in Der Spiegel "misinterpreted and mistranslated" followed a call to the prime minister's office from U.S. government officials in Iraq.
Meanwhile, McCain and Bush keep saying Maliki was just saying this for domestic Iraqi political consumption.
Which is likely bunk, but even under their claimed scenario still tells you that IRAQI'S WANT US TO LEAVE.
IRAQ WANTS A TIMETABLE.
And when McCain has been asked this in the past he's admitted that Iraq is "sovereign" and when they tell us what they want we have to comply.
But McCain obviously thought the "puppet" would never break lose from its strings.