15 September 2008

Obama: Stonewalling Progress In Iraq

UPDATE 9:28pm MDT: What does it take to get the media to look in to this stuff? In the last few days, the conservative net has been up in arms over campaign donations received by Obama from Fannie/Freddy, with no movement from the press.

What about Obama's illegal negotiations and interference in Iraq? Where has the MSM been on that one? It seems Obama's arrogance and presumtuousness knows no bounds--which, you know, keeps him right in line with the rest of his campaign.

When we talk about bias over at NewsBusters, this is one of the types of bias we refer to. It's tough to nail down exactly, but it goes something like this: the media attacks McCain/Palin, but ignores anything Obama related. Until (see the link) McCain calls attention to it. Of course, they then go after McCain for "attack" Obama when all he's doing is the job the MSM should have done in the first place.

So reports Amir Taheri in his latest piece in 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.


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.

While in Iraq, Obama also tried to persuade the US commanders, including Gen. David Petraeus, to suggest a "realistic withdrawal date." They declined.

What will Obama's withdrawal-no-matter-what-the-cost-or-situation-on-the-ground supporters say? What will Obama's few supporters in the military say? What would all of them say if, instead, McCain had tried to intervene in military matters and Iraqi negotiations?

If you're expecting honesty from these folks or an evenhanded response, don't hold your breath.

(h/t DrewM @ Ace)

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