If it’s true, it should send shockwaves through the country, particularly those who were undecided in battleground states. The New York Post has printed an article claiming that while Senator Barack Obama was visiting Iraq, demanding General Petraeus for a solid withdrawal timetable, he was going behind everyone’s back and asking the Iraqi government to hold off on negotiations for a US troop pullout. I don’t always agree with or believe the New York Post, but they’re still a member of the Associated Press and they’re quoting a credible Iraqi official.
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama pressed the Iraqis to cease all negotiations with the Bush Administration for a troop pullout, telling them that US Congress should be involved in the deal. Verbatim, the Post quotes him saying, “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.” He went on to say that Obama had said “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’.”
This after Obama, here in the good ol’ USA, has lambasted George W. Bush for NOT having our troops out of Iraq already. That’s aside from the aforementioned visit to Iraq–the same one where Barry O refused to visit wounded troops in Landstuhl because he wouldn’t be allowed to bring the media with him into the hospital.
It’s a strong accusation to make, announcing to the public that a Presidential candidate is deliberately attempting to sabotage the safety of our troops for his own gain. But it’s equally strong to accuse a well-founded news organization of making up quotes and attributing them to real people, which you would have to do with the Post. They may twist quotes on occasion, but there are some things that are nearly impossible to take out of context.
What this means, once again, is that Barack Obama was making public demands at home that he knew his constituency wanted to hear, and turning around and trying to play the game to make it look better for him in Iraq, where he thought nobody would rat him out (or that nobody would believe him). He did this potentially at the cost of the safety of our loved ones, something I take very, very personally. This could prove him to be every ounce the spineless weasel he’s accused everyone else of being.
Paging Lindsay Lohan…you still thing Obama’s the freakin’ messiah? What about you, Matt Damon? Chevy Chase? Candace Bergen? Hell-ooooo…?