MALIKI GETS IT….Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is unhappy over the Bush administration’s recent timetable talk:

“I affirm that this government represents the will of the people and no one has the right to impose a timetable on it,” Maliki said Wednesday at a nationally televised news conference. “The Americans have the right to review their policies, but we do not believe in a timetables.”

With less than two weeks to go before critical midterm elections in the United States, Maliki accused U.S. officials of election-year grandstanding, saying that deadlines were not logical and were “the result of elections taking place right now that do not involve us.”

Smart man. He may be off base about our right to insist on seeing some actual results from his government, but he knows political cynicism when he sees it. The timing of George Bush’s sudden enthusiasm for “blueprints” and “adjusting tactics” is no coincidence, and he knows it.