It is important to read the entire Maliki speech. It doesn't comport at all with what the Daily Kos drones tell you, it doesn't agree with the comments of Arianna Huffington or John Kerry or Jack Murtha. When you read Prime Minister Maliki's comments you'll realize what an idiot Cindy Sheehan is and how wrong the Democrats, and the MSM, have been about what's really going on in Iraq:
"This is the new Iraq, which is emerging from the ashes of dictatorship and despite the carnage of extremists, a country which respects international conventions and practices noninterference in the internal affairs of others, relies on dialogue to resolve differences, and strives to develop strong relations with every country that espouses freedom and peace."
"We are working diligently so that Iraq returns to take the position it deserves and it plays a positive role in its regional and international environment as a key, active player in spreading security and stability, to give an example of positive relationship between countries through denouncement of violence and resorting to constructive dialogue, solving problems between nations and peoples."
"And we have made progress. And we are correcting the damage inflicted by politics of the previous regime, in particular with our neighbors."
"My presence here is a testament of the new politics of a democratic Iraq."
"Ladies and gentlemen, in a short space of time, Iraq has gone from a dictatorship to a transitional administration, and now to a fully fledged democratic government."
"This has happened despite the best efforts of the terrorists who are bent on either destroying democracy or Iraq, but by the courage of our people who defied the terrorists every time they were called upon to make a choice, by risking their lives for the ballot box. They have stated over and over again, with their ink-stained fingers waving in pride, that they will always make the same choice."
"The transformation in Iraq can sometimes be forgotten in the daily, futile violence."
"Since liberation, we have witnessed great accomplishments in politics, the economy and civil society. We have gone from a one-party state, ruled by a small elite, to a multi-party system where politics is the domain of every citizen and parties compete at all levels."
"What used to be a state-controlled media is now completely free and uncensored, something Iraq had never witnessed since its establishment as a modern state and something which remains alien to most of the region."
"What used to be a command economy in Iraq, we are rapidly transforming into a free market economy."
"In the past three years, our GDP per capita has more than doubled. And it is expected that our economy will continue to grow. Standards of living have been raised for most Iraqis as the markets witness an unprecedented level of prosperity. Many individuals are buying products and appliances which they would never have hoped to afford in the past."
"And, in keeping with our economic vision of creating a free market economy, we will be presenting to parliament legislation which will lift current restrictions on foreign companies and investors who wish to come to Iraq."
"While we are making great economic strides, the greatest transformation has been on Iraqi society."
"We have gone from mass graves and torture chambers and chemical weapons to a flourishing -- to the rule of law and human rights."
"The human rights and freedoms embodied in the new Iraq and consolidated in the constitution have provided a fertile environment for the ever-growing number of civil society institutions which are increasing in scope and complexity and provide a healthy reflection of what is developing beneath the violence."
"The rights chartered in the constitution will also help consolidate the role of women in public life as equals to men."
"And help them to play a greater role in political life."
"I am proud to say that a quarter of Iraq's Council of Representatives is made up of women, but we still have much to accomplish."
"Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, our nascent democracy faces numerous challenges and impediments, but our resolve is unbreakable and we will overcome them."
"The greatest threat Iraq's people face is terror: terror inflicted by extremists who value no life and who depend on the fear their wanton murder and destruction creates."
"They have poured acid into Iraq's dictatorial wounds and created many of their own."
"Iraq is free, and the terrorists cannot stand this."
"They hope to undermine our democratically elected government through the random killing of civilians. They want to destroy Iraq's future by assassinating our leading scientific, political and community leaders. Above all, they wish to spread fear."
"Do not think that this is an Iraqi problem. This terrorist front is a threat to every free country in the world and their citizens. What is at stake is nothing less than our freedom and liberty."