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Sprechen sie Arab-talk?

July 21, 2008

As TPM noted, Arabic is a funny language: the greater the difference between what’s being said in it, and what the Bush White House would like to be said in it, the harder it is to translate into English.

So when the prime minister of Iraq and his spokesman explicitly endorse Obama’s plan for U.S. troop withdrawal over the next 16 months, Arabic becomes well nigh untranslatable. All sorts of difficulties and subtleties of expression have to be taken into account. But when you do take them into account, it turns out that what Maliki said was that he’d like to be prime minister of a real country someday, but, eh, what’s the hurry? A thousand years is but a day!

Somehow, I’m sure we’ll be told, this is all the work of the terrorists, who, naturally, support the “Death to American Infidels” plank in Obama’s platform. Right now, however, the best explanation the GOP can come up with is that Maliki didn’t really mean what he said; he was just appeasing the voters back home. It seems to escape them that if Iraqi politicians have to say they want the Americans gone in order to stay in the good graces of Iraqi voters, it rather strongly suggests that Iraqi voters want us gone, and that right soon. And since, as of the last conservative revision of history, the creation of such a creature as the “Iraqi voter” is the very reason we invaded Iraq in the first place, one would think the democratic will of said voters would be very nearly sacred to war supporters.

We’ll see how all this plays out, but thus far, the reaction that’s most revealing of the priorities of war supporters comes from an anonymous GOP operative: “We’re f**ked.”