Barack "World" Obama used to trash the Iraqi government, when he was advocating defeat in Iraq (which is what wuold have happened if Obama had gotten his way on a "timetable" two years ago). Then Obama came around to the view that the Iraqi government was the ultimate authority on military strategy, after the Iraqi government decided it liked the idea of a timetable for American withdrawal. Oama went so far as to suggest that the Iraqi government had proven his "policy" right, even though it is clear that had Obama's "policy" been adopted WHEN he was advating it instead of the surge, there would be no Iraqi government. It was only because we adopted the "surge" policy, instead of Obama's that there is a favorable government still in Iraq. It is actually the ultimate in DISHONESTY to claim that Iraq hass come around to Obama's view on an Iraq timetable, when Obama's timetable was a presctiption for defeat in Iraq, until the surge made it arguable that. we have WON, and can withdraw.
However, the point of this entry is what Obma's new found friends in the Iraqi government, for whose credibility Obama is now vouching, are saying about the "secreet" conversations Obama had with them. Here is the New York Post description:
"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."
Pretty convincing isn't it, especailly if you regard Iraqi officials as reliable sources? Now you cna look down on the New York Post, but it is more reliable these days than the new York Times. Plus, it is QUOTING.
Would Obama really suggest in Iraq that the government hold off on an agreement until after the election? I think he would.