The head of Iraq's Shiite Muslim-led government defended his country's
independence and sovereignty and called on U.S. leaders to show faith in his
ability to lead.
Maliki disputed President Bush's remarks broadcast Tuesday that the
execution of former Iraqi president Saddam Hussein "looked like it was kind of a
revenge killing" and took exception to Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's
Senate testimony last week that Maliki's administration was on "borrowed
The prime minister said statements such as Rice's "give morale boosts
for the terrorists and push them toward making an extra effort and making them
believe they have defeated the American administration," Maliki said. "But I can
tell you that they have not defeated the Iraqi government."
Thursday, January 18, 2007
"If You're Not With Us, You're Against Us"
Nouri al Maliki tells Condi and George to stop helping the terrorists.