Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Did Obama Meddle in Iraq?

Update: Amir Taheri responds to Obama

Yesterday the New York Post reported Obama had interfered with the US foreign policy, when asking Iraq to delay any troop withdrawal agreement until after the new administration was in place. The exact text read:

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

I held off on the news, for two reasons. One it was the Post and two it was the Iraqi Foreign Minister so I thought something could've been lost in translation.

The Obama camp responded today to the article, but I'm not entirely convinced he didn't meddle, and actually after his response believe that this was not lost in translation:

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.

He did not say "delay" but he did say "don't rush". Aside from the possibility of meddling in foreign policy affairs, what strikes me most is the possibility of personal gain out of this incident. I'd like to hear less about Palin, and a more thorough investigation into what he said. It would be quite telling about his character.

After all he is a politician and they all stretch the truth.