MALIKI’S PLAN….The recent peace plan proposed by Iraq’s prime minister, Nouri al-Maliki, includes, among other things, an end to U.S. operations against insurgent strongholds, a timeline for the withdrawal of U.S. troops, and a review of de-Baathification. OxBlog’s newest addition, Taylor Owen, comments:

Does this not run almost completely contrary to US policy over the past 2 years? Are they not suggesting a reversal of the majority of US policy and tactics? Are they not making the distinction between different types of terrorists, a distinction this administration is absolutist against? Imagine if a Democratic Senator were to propose such a deal.

Even more poignant is the call for a timeline for withdrawal. This coming from all involved in the negotiations, including Khalilzad, the US Ambassador.

Taylor wonders if this explains why Maliki’s proposal has gotten so little attention in the American press. I don’t know if it does or not, but I agree that the lack of coverage has been fairly remarkable. There were a few brief stories about Maliki’s plan on the day it was released, but it’s been practically invisible since then. Why is that?

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