Monday, September 15, 2008

Is Obama In Favor Of A Sort Of Speedy Withdrawal From Iraq

Barrack Obama has said all along that he wants the troops out of Iraq immediately but does he really?

This article from the Washington Post may paint a different picture.

According to the article, while Obama was touring Iraq he campaigned to have Iraqi officials and General Patraeus delay the troop withdrawal until he took office in January.

I will ignore the obvious arrogance on Obama’s part in assuming he will take office in January.

First up are the Iraqi officials. From the article we have this: (emphasis mine)

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."

Turns out though that the Iraqi officials have no interest in this idea;

"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.

Obama then went on to attempt to persuade the US generals to delay the withdrawal for a “realistic withdrawal date”, of which they declined.

The article went on to point out that his attempt at delaying the withdrawal is contradictory not only because of his ‘out of Iraq now’ stance but also because of his recent promise to have all troops out of Iraq by 2010.

Obama has made many contradictory statements with regard to Iraq. His latest position is that US combat troops should be out by 2010. Yet his effort to delay an agreement would make that withdrawal deadline impossible to meet.

There is also one other contradiction that the article did not address. Obama cannot seem to make clear what “all of the troops” mean. He makes the promise that he will withdraw all troops then in the next sentence say “some” troops will have to remain behind. Am I the only one having a flashback to Bill Clinton’s definition of is moment?

I think there’s a couple of reasons Obama is attempting to delay the withdrawal. First, Bush announcing troop withdrawals now steals some of his “I’ll bring the troops home” thunder. The image of troops returning to US bases will take some steam from one of his main campaign themes, withdrawal from Iraq. Second, he wants to be the one to bring the troops home. He doesn’t actually care if they home or not, as long as he can be seen as the one “liberating” them.

Another flashback takes us back to Germany and Obama’s decision to go to the gym instead of meeting with injured troops and Ramstein Airbase because he could not take the press with him. I have said it before and I will say it again. The troops are nothing more than props for Barrack Obama and the Democrats.


Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Dyn-O-Bama has no idea what he's in favor of anymore. He's losing credibility with every second that goes by. Hypocrite.

shoprat said...

He's like an actor or actress. Every word is carefully scripted and if loses his script he's lost.

Chuck said...

Pasadena, this is the change he talks about, as in he "changes" his mind every time he speaks

Shoprat, wait till the debates, I think he's toast. I could be wrong but I think with the election close now, the debates could end it.

The WordSmith from Nantucket said...

I think it's definitely him playing politics; but also, those idiots who keep touting, "I'm voting for Obama because he'll bring the troops home" are....well, idiots! Even Code Pink knows Obama isn't willing or capable to bring the troops home right away.

Basically, he's following the Bush plan, and wants credit for it.

Aurora said...

What is he doing strutting around as if he is the current president anyway? Does he know something we don't?
Your whole second last paragraph I think says it all. He wants all the glory for himself. He imagines himself taking office and then everything he does being lauded and cheered by the media and then, the whole vocal support base.
What a nightmare scenario indeed.

Chuck said...

Wordsmith, self-denial has reached endemic proportions in the Democratic party. This is the only way to attest to so many people buying the BS he keeps shoveling. The man is a walking contradiction yet his supporters will swear his latest pronouncement is the belief he has had his entire life. I don't get it.

Aurora, agreed. You've gotta love how he appeared to be negotiating with different governments on his trips.

The Saint said...

This is treason. Nothing else!
Can you think of what whould have happened if Mccain did this!

Gail Plude said...

Obama just wants the glory. As you said, he wants to be the one “liberating” them.

During his entire European trip he acted like he was already the President! Campaigning to have Iraqi officials and General Petraeus delay troop withdrawal until he takes office in January is the ultimate demonstration of his IMMENSE ego! WAKE UP AMERICA!

Sandys Sandbox said...

I would love to see him asy that to chuck Norris.

Chuck said...

Saint, That's easy, if McCain did it it would be on the network news.

Gail, if you remember, his staff had to be reminded a couple of times on that trip that he was not president, they kept reffering to him as so.

Sandy, thanks, that would be amusing. I watched Obama and McCain walk down the ramp at the WTC on 9/11. I remember thinking Obama was tall but looked small next to Mccain. He doesn't have a Commander in Chief stature.

Nikki said...

OK this really gets me boiling! I LOVE that Bush is pulling out troops and stealing his thunder call it an early congrats present to McCain! :)N

MK said...

Like u said, Obama was willing to play politics with the troops. obviously he didn't want to look like a fool when the troops that he demanded be brought home were actually coming home. It would have exposed the truth about him, that he would rather they returned in defeat than in victory. If he weren't a Democrat with the media on his side he'd have been turfed out long ago on this alone.

An American Girl said...

The real problem with Obama isn't just that he's incompetent, it's that he's an incompetent who seems to think he's a genius. Never has a man so unaccomplished been so overly proud of his non-achievements. That is the definition of a moonbat loser.

Nancy Swider said...

If the McCain people don't have an ad about this in the next 24 hours I would be shocked. This is all they should be talking about and trumpeting it from the roof tops.