Barack Obama Tried to Delay & Stall Troop Withdrawals from Iraq? Saying One Thing and Doing Another … NEVER, OBAMA!!!
Thinks being Commander & Chief is more than just reading a teleprompter? Maybe, just maybe it has to do with properly handling foreign policy.
So much for politics stopping at the waters edge or interfering in US diplomacy for that fact. Since when is a campaigning Senator for President, Mr. Obama, allowed to interfere and meddle in on going foreign policy? Was Obama trying to play political games with troop withdrawals from Iraq?
Did Barack Obama as a candidate running for President try and stall troop withdrawals from Iraq while publically campaigning for a speedy withdrawal? According to accounts in the NY Post, Senator Barack Obama tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence. Did Obama actually try and delay an Iraqi agreement until after the November election when he made his now well publicized trip to Iraq?
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
“He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington,” Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops – and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its “state of weakness and political confusion.”
“However, as an Iraqi, I prefer to have a security agreement that regulates the activities of foreign troops, rather than keeping the matter open.” Zebari says.
According to the Obama camp, they are denying that he tried to delay a withdrawal agreement. However, others are stating that the story is confirmed, Obama Did Try to Postpone US-Iraq Agreement on Troop Draw-Down.
John McCain senior foreign policy adviser Randy Scheunemann said he doesn’t know whether Obama tried to undermine Iraqi leaders but such action is unprecedented.
“It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the U.S. administration in power. If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas,” Scheunemann said.