There are some stern words from Iraq's prime minister today for two prominent U.S. Democrats.
Nouri al-Maliki says Senators Hillary Clinton of New York and Carl Levin of Michigan, quote, need to "come to their senses."
Both have called for his ouster, saying al-Maliki's government has failed to meet basic goals for unifying and securing Iraq. Clinton is running for president. Levin heads the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Al-Maliki is fighting to hold his government together. And he used a news conference in Baghdad today to blast his critics, mentioning Clinton and Levin in particular. He said they are examples of American officials "who consider Iraq as if it were one of their villages," adding, "They should come to their senses."
A U.S. Embassy spokesman today affirmed that Washington is, in his words, "supporting very much" al-Maliki and his government.