Baghdad, May 17, (VOI) - U.S. House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi met on Saturday in Baghdad Iraq’s PM Nouri al-Maliki, and expressed support of his government according to a press release by Maliki’s office.
“Nancy Pelosi expressed her country’s support of the Iraqi government with regards to the efforts taken to attain security and stability in Iraq, to reach the national reconciliation, to impose law, and to establish economic and construction projects,” Maliki’s office said in a release received by Aswat al-Iraq- Voices of Iraq- (VOI).
For his part, al-Maliki, according to the statement, stressed that the measures taken by the government to hunt down “terrorists and outlaws has for the first time received full support from all political forces and parties in addition to tribes and clerics.”
Since the last week of March 2008, Iraqi forces have been engaged in uninterrupted clashes with the Shiite cleric Moqtada al-Sadr’s Mahdi Army militiamen in Basra and Baghdad’s Sadr city and in clashes with Sunni extremists and al-Qaeda fighters in the northern Iraqi city of Mosul.
“The battles have made our forces more capable to receive the security file and take the initiative, a matter which will lead to lessening the burden on the Multi-National Forces,” the statement quoted Maliki as saying.
Pelosi arrived Saturday on an unexpected visit to Baghdad, the second of its kind in five months.
Pelosi’s visit comes only two days after the Democrats-dominated-U.S. House of Representatives passed a non-binding resolution to pull U.S. troops out of Iraq by the end of 2009.
Update: bg comments over at Gateway Pundit,
lol.. couldn't help but crack up reading this..
Pelosi Gets Quiet Reaction in Iraq
[Pelosi is something of a nonentity to average Iraqis. If they know who she is at all, she is generally seen as an antiwar caricature figure, someone whose views on U.S. troop withdrawals are widely considered unrealistic. Pelosi has said she wants to see most U.S. troops withdrawn from Iraq by the end of the 2008, a time frame virtually no Iraqi political leader sees as feasible. Not even Mahdi Army militia leader Moqtada al-Sadr, the fiercest advocate of a U.S. withdrawal on the scene, has called for such a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces. Rather, Sadr contends that the Americans should simply announce a reasonable timetable for the departure of U.S. forces.
The lack of popularity of Pelosi's views was evident in the fact that her first day on the ground Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki did not make an effort to see her. Maliki is currently in the northern city of Mosul overseeing a crackdown on insurgent networks there. But the city has been largely quiet in recent days, and there was no obvious pressing reason for the prime minister to skip Pelosi's arrival.]
of course they try to make her look good via tossing in a little Rice to spice her up, but they fail miserably [Earth to TIME (CNN) the "look over there, not over here" spin tactic just doesn't work anymore, but please don't tell Obama].. :D