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Tuesday, November 22, 2005


Haven't seen this on CNN yet:
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - Leaders of Iraq's sharply divided Shiites, Kurds and Sunnis called Monday for a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S.-led forces in the country and said Iraq's opposition had a "legitimate right" of resistance.

The final communique, hammered out at the end of three days of negotiations at a preparatory reconciliation conference under the auspices of the Arab League, condemned terrorism, but was a clear acknowledgment of the Sunni position that insurgents should not be labeled as terrorists if their operations do not target innocent civilians or institutions designed to provide for the welfare of Iraqi citizens.
(emphasis mine) This, uh, does not bode well, particularly as long as George W Bush equates withdrawing with losing. (It also doesn't bode well for hawkish Democratic presidential candidates in 2008, such as Hillary Clinton or Joe Biden, who both have made similar verbal equations, though I imagine that at least the former of those two will eventually jump ship.)

John notes that the plan called for by the communique is so similar to John Murtha's proposal that we should probably expect Jean Schmidt to start picking off Iraqis with a rifle from a clock tower.


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