Buried in today's news is report in New York Post saying Barack Obama urged Iraqi officials to delay agreements with the U.S. until after the election. Amir Taheri writes:
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."
This is not necessarily new information, nor should it be a surprise. Throughout the day, though, the Obama nutroots dismiss this as "horribly misrepresenting the facts", "NY Post article - an unreliable source", and 'Reagan did it, why not Obama, too?'
And from Obama?
Obama's campaign staff traveling with Obama claims---as either a lie or simply uninformed---that "no such conversation took place", per Major Garrett in Denver today, Fox news at 3:23 ET.
At about the same time, Ben Smith reports at Politico:
An Obama aide accused Taheri of confusing the Status of Forces agreement with a Strategic Framework Agreement, for which Obama has pushed for congressional review.
Recall, that NBC reported on June 16 that Obama "... argued it would make sense to hold off on such negotiations until the next administration."
"My concern is that the Bush administration--in a weakened state politically--ends up trying to rush an agreement that in some ways might be binding to the next administration, whether it was my administration or Sen. McCain's administration," Obama said. "The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that's currently made."
Thus, Obama does not deny he asked for delay. He is only splitting hairs about what he was asking delay on. Bottom line is that Obama has interfered in U.S. foreign policy by negotiating with a foreign government, albeit an America puppet-government, by asking them to delay agreements with the U.S. This action, for political expediency, is at the cost of American lives.
How many Americans will needlessly die because of Obama's effort to delay pull-out for his political gain?!
- July 21-31: 2 dead, 31 wounded (and not RTD)
- August: 23 dead, 121 wounded (and not RTD)
- September: 6 dead through the 14th, 32 wounded (and not RTD through the 9th)
Is this the Hope and Change that Obama supporters find so endearing? Is this Obama's version of patriotism? Or, is this plain and simple treason?
So, Obama, while claiming the anti-war mantle throughout the election, actually negotiated with the Iraqis in July to delay the withdrawal of troops until after the election?!
This is outrageous on two points:
- Potential violation of Logan Act prohibiting negotiations with foreign governments.
- Duplicitous opposition to the war and calling for pull-out of troops publicly while negotiating with a foreign power to delay agreements with the U.S. until after the election.
As IronMan pointed out earlier today at NoQuarterUSA:
“Congressmen who willfully take actions during wartime that damage morale and undermine the military are saboteurs and should be arrested, exiled, or hanged”---Abraham Lincoln, 1863
How fitting, the Democrats put up a traitor against a certified American war hero.
Reprinted from my blog: The Independent View