The New York Times acquired and translated Der Spiegels’ recording of al Maliki’s interview. It confirms the original story. Al Maliki said:

“Obama’s remarks that — if he takes office — in 16 months he would withdraw the forces, we think that this period could increase or decrease a little, but that it could be suitable to end the presence of the forces in Iraq.”

“Who wants to exit in a quicker way has a better assessment of the situation in Iraq.”

Bush just got caught pressuring Iraq’s government to mislead Americans to help McCain.