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Iraqi leaders want timetable; are Bush and Company listening?

Who's really in charge of Iraq? The administration and Bush-apologists keep telling us we're not an occupying force, but there to help the Iraqis. So, if that's true, what the Iraqis want, we'll go along with, right? Well, this will be a test:

Nov. 21 (Bloomberg) -- Iraqi leaders, meeting at a reconciliation conference in Cairo, urged an end to violence in the country and demanded a timetable for the withdrawal of coalition troops from Iraq.

In a final statement, read by Arab League chief Amre Moussa, host of the three-day summit, they called for "the withdrawal of foreign troops according to a timetable, through putting in place an immediate national program to rebuild the armed forces.'' No date was specified.

"The Iraqi people look forward to the day when the foreign forces leave Iraq, when it's armed and security forces will be rebuilt and when they can enjoy peace and stability and get rid of terrorism,'' the leaders said in the statement. The session was broadcast live from the Egyptian capital by al-Jazeera.

Yet, in recent statements by Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and others, the administration repeatedly says "no timetable." So, who's running the show?


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