by Chris Bodenner
Juan Cole turns down the temperature:
The headlines this admission generated in US news sources about 'US troops may stay' are a little puzzling to me, and seem actually sensational. What al-Maliki explicitly said was that Iraq may ask for a handful of trainers to stay. He is not saying that the US military will be rolling tanks in Iraqi cities in 2012. [...W]hat al-Maliki said is not a story.