You have probably already seen this story breaking all over the place across the net, but if you have not then you need to see this!
The New York Post reported on September 15th a story by Amir Taheri. Taheri claims that Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari stated in an interview that while he was visiting Iraq in during his rockstar world tour in July, Obama had queried Iraqi officials .” .. why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington.”
The article (read the whole thing here: http://www.nypost.com/seven/09152008/postopinion/opedcolumnists/obama_tried_to_stall_gis_iraq_withdrawal_129150.htm ) goes on to state that Obama wanted the Iraqis to negotiate directly with Congress and try to cut out the Bush administration as much as possible … or wait altogether until he himself could take office.
Zebari said, “His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the weakened Bush administration, Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate.”
Fearful that the success in Iraq would harm his political aspirations, Obama sought to keep U.S. troops in Iraq so he can continue attacking the Bush Administration for not imposing a timetable for withdrawal.
Zebari also confided another important theme. A lack of confidence by the Iraqi officials in Obama’s abilities and the political friends he’s made along the way on his path to the white house…specifically those in the anti-war lobby.
“Maliki’s advisers have persuaded him that Obama will win – but the prime minister worries about the senator’s ‘political debt to the anti-war lobby’ – which is determined to transform Iraq into a disaster to prove that toppling Saddam Hussein was ‘the biggest strategic blunder in US history.'”
Other prominent Iraqi leaders, such as Vice President Adel Abdul-Mahdi and Kurdish regional President Massoud Barzani, believe that Sen. John McCain would show “a more realistic approach to Iraqi issues.”
That’s THREE top Iraqi officials and ONE KRG official who seem more comfortable with John McCain’s Iraq philosophy than Barack Obama’s doubletalk.
It’s frightening to think that any elected official – even Obama – would try to persuade the Iraqis to hold off on dealing with Bush’s State Department until February when Obama’s brand new diplomatic officials would hypothetically be able to start working. In the meantime those troops would still be in harm’s way in Iraq – while Obama has preached the OPPOSITE to his supporters!
If Obama SAYS in almost every speech he has given that he wants the troops home NOW, why would he urge the Iraqis NOT to negotiate withdrawals with the Bush administration?
Because the war is going SO WELL and our troops are doing such a FINE JOB winning the war, the Bush administration is already talking about withdrawal horizons. But Obama only wants the war to go well on HIS watch, as long as Bush is still in office, it doesn’t serve Barack Obama any political capital to have troops leaving Iraq as a safe and functioning democracy.
But what if these allegations are all baseless and unfounded? Barack Obama is a man of many words. Perhaps some of those words were simply lost in translation?
The Obama camp basically confirmed the claims immediately, even though their objective was to deny and squash this story before it blew up in their faces.
According to this WND column ( http://wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=75438 ) the Obama campaign fought back bitterly and immediately to these charges.
In that story, Obama spokesperson Wendy Morigi was quoted as saying
“In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a ‘Strategic Framework Agreement’ governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office.”
…which basically sounds exactly like the allegation. Way to fumble. She goes on to state that
“Barack Obama has never urged a delay in negotiations, nor has he urged a delay in immediately beginning a responsible drawdown of our combat brigades,”
…which is a contradiction of the previous statement she had just made. This doesn’t sound like the peacemaking Barack Obama who’s going to reach across party lines and come to agreements when he’s trying to tell others not to come to agreements!
By the Move America Forward Freedom PAC