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Thursday, September 18, 2008

Did Obama Treat Our Troops As Political Pawns?

Obama Tried To Stall GIS' Iraq Withdrawal
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.

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."

"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.
This story shouldn't really be surprising since it wouldn't be the first time a Democrat may have used our military for shady purposes. It'll be interesting to see if it gets followed up on or gets buried in the financial "crisis" brouhaha. If Obama did this - and there is a credible source saying he did - then it's out and out meddling in foreign affairs for his own personal political gain at best, treasonous at worst.

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