Tuesday, September 16, 2008
Worst Political Denial in American History
Here is an account of the denial of the statement by some previously unknown lackey at the Obama campaign. Money quotes:
Barack Obama's White House campaign angrily denied Monday a report that he had secretly urged the Iraqis to postpone a deal to withdraw US troops until after November's election.
But Obama's national security spokeswoman Wendy Morigi said Taheri's article bore "as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial."
In fact, Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a "Strategic Framework Agreement" governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office, she said.
One more time for the slightly slow.
Zebarihas: "[Obama] asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington."
Morigi: "...Obama had told the Iraqis that they should not rush through a "Strategic Framework Agreement" governing the future of US forces until after President George W. Bush leaves office."
I can't find anything more to say that's not venomous invective against Morigi's intelligence.
An Obama aide accused Taheri of confusing the Status of Forces agreement with a Strategic Framework Agreement, for which Obama has pushed for congressional review.
"This article bears as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial. Barack Obama has consistently called for any Strategic Framework Agreement to be submitted to the U.S. Congress so that the American people have the same opportunity for review as the Iraqi Parliament," said Obama spokeswoman Wendy Morigi. "Unlike John McCain, he supports a clear timetable to redeploy our troops that has the support of the Iraqi government. Barack Obama has never urged a delay in negotiations, nor has he urged a delay in immediately beginning a responsible drawdown of our combat brigades."
No mention of "after...leaves office". I am slow - I don't understand the bit about confusing the SOFA with the SFA. (we don't have either, do we?)
"venomous invective" - nice alliteration, despite the redundancy! You have to love "as much resemblance to the truth as a McCain campaign commercial." What did happen to the "straight talk express" - did he just mean he wasn't going to talk about gays!
That's more or less what I said in a comment about this on another blog. Much as I hate to say it, the Republicans won't press this because of the precedent it would set and that it could later be used against them when the roles are reversed.
You’ll be glad to hear I shall not be getting to vote in this election – the reality is I need to get my citizenship of this great country.