Round 4: Wehner vs. Corn on Bush and the Iraq War
The truth is troubling enough. There were serious intelligence gaps that we failed to find before the war. Some claims — by Bush administration officials as well as by leading Democrats and leaders of other nations — were made with too much certainty. And as I have written multiple times in the past, there were serious mistakes in the conduct of the war prior to the new counterinsurgency strategy being announced in January 2007. I have no interest in whitewashing history. But it is long past time that critics of the Iraq war stop willfully and deceptively twisting history to serve their own partisan ends.
Round 4: Wehner vs. Corn on Bush and the Iraq War
No, really, that’s what he said.
H/T to Jeff Emanuel at RedState who explains why this is complete hooey.
Obama Objects: But the Evidence Says I’m Right
Amir Taheri in The New York Post
...My account of Obama’s message to the Iraqis was based on a series of conversations with Iraqi officials, as well as reports and analyses in the Iraqi media (including the official newspaper, Al Sabah) on the senator’s trip to Baghdad. It is also confirmed by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari…
…While I am encouraged by the senator’s evolution, I must also appeal to him to issue a “cease and desist” plea to the battalions of his sympathizers – who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.
Read the entire article.
Obama-Biden Reservations Confirmed
Washington Prowler, The American Spectator
The Obama campaign spent more than five hours on Monday attempting to figure out the best refutation of the explosive New York Post report that quoted Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari as saying that Barack Obama during his July visit to Baghdad demanded that Iraq not negotiate with the Bush Administration on the withdrawal of American troops. Instead, he asked that they delay such negotiations until after the presidential handover at the end of January.
Rush Limbaugh seems to think so: Obama Camp Confirms Treasonous Actions on Iraq Trip
But read his spokesperson’s words for yourself.
Obama camp hits back at Iraq double-talk claim
“But Obama’s national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Taheri’s article bore “as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial.”
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, she said.
As Rush points out, isn’t that pretty much what Taheri said?
According to this article in the New York Post he just might have.
Obama Tried to Stall GIs Iraq Withdrawal
The New York Post
WHILE campaigning in public for a speedy withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Sen. Barack Obama has tried in private to persuade Iraqi leaders to delay an agreement on a draw-down of the American military presence.
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.
Obama Camp Denies He Tried to Delay Withdrawal Agreement of Troops from Iraq
Barack Obama’s campaign denied a New York Post report Monday that said the Democratic presidential candidate privately tried to persuade Iraqi political leaders to stall an agreement on scaling back American troops in Iraq while publicly campaigning for a speedy withdrawal.
Well, of course they denied it.
The Audacity of Dope: Did Obama Violate Logan Act?
It’s a valid question. What’s more, in a political climate where our major newspapers seem to spend more time illegally releasing classified documents and shilling for the authors of tell-all “exposes” that undermine the administration than they do reporting the news, there may be some value in the specter of yet another prominent Democrat demonstrating that unique form of patriotism which Must Not Be Challenged to the American voter.
On Summer Trip to Iraq, Obama Tried to Delay US Troop Pullout
Now, you might be saying, “What’s the big deal about this?” Well, two things. Number one, Obama has been clamoring for these troops to get out of there now, now, now. Obama was part of the cabal that wanted defeat of the US military this year. He wanted defeat of the US military this year. He wanted them out this year. He wanted to hang defeat around the neck of George W. Bush and run against that. Now all of a sudden he wants a delay in the withdrawal of troops so that he can say he did it and fulfill a campaign pledge to the kook fringe.
Obama’s own words indicate there might indeed be something to this:
“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’s my administration or Senator McCain’s administration,” Mr. Obama said. “The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that’s currently made.”
The New York Times Caucus Blogs.
Obama to Visit Iraq, Afghanistan
MSNBC June 16, 2008
Obama also told Zebari, he said, that Congress should be involved in any negotiations regarding a Status of Forces agreement with Iraq. He suggested it may be better to wait until the next administration to negotiate such an agreement.
McCain Responds to Obama’s Reported Undermining of the Commander-In-Chief During Wartime
National Review Online
The McCain Campaign has issued a statement responding to the report from Amer Taheri (see today’s web briefing) that Sen. Obama secretly negotiated with the Iraqi government regarding U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. McCain spokesman Randy Scheunemann stated as follows:
At this point, it is not yet clear what official American negotiations Senator Obama tried to undermine with Iraqi leaders, but the possibility of such actions is unprecedented. It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the US administration in power. If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas. Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq’s Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting. The charge that he sought to delay the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq raises serious questions about Senator Obama’s judgment and it demands an explanation.
Is it true? Did Obama violate the Logan Act? There’s certainly enough evidence here to warrant an investigation.
I’m sure that the Main Stream Media will be all over this…just like DNA on a baby.
Never mind that Barack Obama is showing incredibly bad form by appearing on Bill O’Reilly’s show tonight during the Republican Convention, get a load of this:
“I think that the surge has succeeded in ways that nobody anticipated,” Obama said while refusing to retract his initial opposition to the surge. “I’ve already said it’s succeeded beyond our wildest dreams.”
Yeah, nobody anticipated that.
Well, except maybe President Bush, Vice President Cheney, General Petraeus, Senator McCain…
This man is so not ready to lead.