“I know there’s a lot of speculation that these reports in Washington mean there’s going to be some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq,” the president said. “This business about a graceful exit just simply has no realism to it whatsoever.”
And I can believe that, if only because there isn't a damn thing resembling gracefulness coming out of Iraq lately...
But the exit? At least Maliki learned his lines from the Baker boys:
Maliki, meanwhile, declared that he is moving to disarm militias in Iraq and expects government forces to assume full control of security duties by June.
"I can say that Iraqi forces will be ready, fully ready, to receive this command and to command its own forces, and I can tell you that by next June, our forces will be ready," Maliki said in an interview with ABC News after his meeting with Bush.
Heck...one more Friedman?
It's almost like a light at the end of the tunnel...Almost.
It is somewhat amusing to hear the "leader" of Iraq saying that he's ready to assume command of his own country, regardless of actual events.
BONUS W QUOTE:
Speaking after a summit here with Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, Bush also offered a strong endorsement of the embattled leader, calling him "the right guy for Iraq."
At least he didn't say "heckuva guy," I guess...
***Have a good weekend, everyone.