(Can someone please Barack he’s not the President… – promoted by Cool Cal)
In what can only be described as a self serving plot to secure his own presidential victory , Barack Obama pleaded with Iraqi government officials to delay U.S. troop withdrawals until after the November elections. Today’s New York Post reports:
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.
“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…
…”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…
…Though Obama claims the US presence is “illegal,” he suddenly remembered that Americans troops were in Iraq within the legal framework of a UN mandate. His advice was that, rather than reach an accord with the “weakened Bush administration,” Iraq should seek an extension of the UN mandate…Obama has given Iraqis the impression that he doesn’t want Iraq to appear anything like a success, let alone a victory, for America. The reason? He fears that the perception of US victory there might revive the Bush Doctrine of “pre-emptive” war – that is, removing a threat before it strikes at America.
Despite some usual equivocations on the subject, Obama rejects pre-emption as a legitimate form of self -defense. To be credible, his foreign-policy philosophy requires Iraq to be seen as a failure, a disaster, a quagmire, a pig with lipstick or any of the other apocalyptic adjectives used by the American defeat industry in the past five years.
Yet Iraq is doing much better than its friends hoped and its enemies feared. The UN mandate will be extended in December, and we may yet get an agreement on the status of forces before President Bush leaves the White House in January.
While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a “realistic withdrawal date.” They declined.
Obama believes Congress should be involved in negotiations on the Status of Forces Agreement, dictating to the State Department and Bush Administration the terms of the Agreement. This is another clear sign that he does not posses the leadership skills necessary to be Commander in Chief.
This latest news is troublesome. His public statements on shifting the focus of the war to Afghanistan seem disingenuous in light of this latest news.
Obama is willing to put the long sought success in Iraq on hold to improve his chances of victory. Senator what about the chance for victory for our troops and the Iraqi people?