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Showing posts with label White House Clipping Service Makes Mistake. Show all posts
Showing posts with label White House Clipping Service Makes Mistake. Show all posts

Monday, July 21, 2008

White House Make A Mistake.

The media said that they were surprise Saturday morning when the White House distributed an article by Reuters that offered an endorsement of Senator Barack Obama’s Iraq policy by the leader of Iraq.

The headline ran over a story about an interview of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki in the German magazine Der Spiegel, in which he expressed support for the senator’s plan to withdraw American combat brigades from Iraq over the next 16 months. Mr. Maliki told a Reuters reporter “That, he think that would be the right time frame for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.” Turns out it was a mistake by the White House clipping service, which had intended to distribute it internally but instead sent it to thousands signed up to receive the administration’s press releases, transcripts, statements and other documents, drawing attention to an interview that might otherwise have received less. The timing compounded the mistake. It came a day after the White House announced that President Bush, in a significant shift, had agreed to a “general time horizon” for withdrawing American forces, though not on the strict timetable Mr. Obama favors. Mr. Maliki’s remarks suggested a position not entirely in line with President Bush’s, despite Friday’s announcement. My question: Do you think it was a mistake the information was leak? Is 16 months achievable for getting out of Iraq?