“Obama’s Questionable Diplomacy in Iraq”




By lobbying Iraqi leaders to keep the status quo until after the U.S. presidential election, Senator Obama would have been attempting to undermine the foreign policy of a sitting president to shore up his own political base.

In response to the Taheri article, John McCain spokesman Randy Scheunemann [6] stated

At this point, it is not yet clear what official American negotiations Senator Obama tried to undermine with Iraqi leaders, but the possibility of such actions is unprecedented. It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the US administration in power. If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas. Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq’s Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting. The charge that he sought to delay the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq raises serious questions about Senator Obama’s judgment and it demands an explanation.

It is worth noting that the McCain campaign felt the story was credible enough to release such a statement.

If this charge is false, the Obama campaign must push forcefully for and get a substantial correction, if not a full retraction of the Taheri article.

If they don’t, then longtime accusations of Obama’s naked self-interest may doom an already flailing campaign.

URLs in this post:

[1] op-ed:


[2] completely false: http://www.csmonitor.com/2006/0525/dailyUpdate.html

[3] response:


[4] Status of Forces agreement:


[5] much broader document: http://www.cfr.org/publication/16448/

[6] stated:


%d bloggers like this: