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Obama’s Iraq Double-Talk

John on June 18, 2008 at 9:27 am

Jennifer Rubin at Commentary catches Obama in another striking bit of double-talk:

I speculated that something seemed odd about Barack Obama’s account of his conversation with Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshay Zebari. Obama said that Zebari didn’t express any concern about Obama’s immediate withdrawal plans. Well, according to Zebari that is a lie.  Washington Post editors sat down with Zebari and this is what he said:

The foreign minister said “my message” to Mr. Obama “was very clear. . . . Really, we are making progress. I hope any actions you will take will not endanger this progress.” He said he was reassured by the candidate’s response, which caused him to think that Mr. Obama might not differ all that much from Mr. McCain. Mr. Zebari said that in addition to promising a visit, Mr. Obama said that “if there would be a Democratic administration, it will not take any irresponsible, reckless, sudden decisions or action to endanger your gains, your achievements, your stability or security. Whatever decision he will reach will be made through close consultation with the Iraqi government and U.S. military commanders in the field.”

So not only did Zebari express concern but Obama’s private comments suggested his immediate withdrawal plans, which he still adheres to publicly, may not be so immediate.

In other words, it’s one story for the public and another for the Iraqi Foreign Minister. Obama is nothing if not good at telling different groups of people what they each want to hear. The fact that these stories often contradict doesn’t seem to trouble him much.

[HT: Power Line]

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