President Bush declared today his continued support for Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, saying he is “the right guy for Iraq.” Bush added: “You can’t lead unless you’ve got courage. He’s got courage and he’s shown courage over the last six months.” But a classified memo from national security adviser Stephen J. Hadley expressed doubts about whether Maliki has the capacity to control the sectarian violence in Iraq. It concluded: “The reality on the streets of Baghdad suggests Maliki is either ignorant of what is going on, misrepresenting his intentions, or that his capabilities are not yet sufficient to turn his good intentions into actions.”
Posted by Phillip Brownlee
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