Sunday, May 13, 2007

Senate Minority Leader Promises Exit If Iraqis Vote For It

By Cernig

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell told CNN'S Late Editing on Sunday that the Maliki government is a failure and that if the Iraqi parliament passes its bill calling for the withdrawal of US troops and the end of the occupation then he will support it.
"So far, they've not been able do anything they promised on the political side," the Kentucky Republican said, citing the Iraqis' failure to pass a new oil revenue bill, hold local elections and dismantle the former Baath Party of Saddam Hussein. "It's a growing frustration."

"Republicans overwhelmingly feel disappointed about the Iraqi government," he added.

..."I don't know what their problem is but this country has made an enormous investment in giving the Iraqis a chance to have a normal government after all of these years of Saddam Hussein and his atrocities," he said.

Citing media reports, McConnell said some lawmakers in Iraq's parliament wanted a vote to ask the United States to leave.

"I want to assure you, if they vote to ask us to leave, we'll be glad to comply with their request," he said.
We'll hold you to that, Senator.

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