“The Freshman’s Arrogance”

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I can’t help myself but to post in-full a piece from Confederate Yankee (see below)…..

This piece clearly outlines Obama’s interference into US policy on Iraq and his arrogance in trying to press US military commanders to become political and change their view to suit Obama’s campaign.

This infuriates me even more than the current government bailouts for companies that made lots of Democrat cronies wealthy….and this should be front and center in the MSM and McCain should be hitting this issue hard….this is unspeakably selfish, arrogant, and a TRUE peek into how a President Obama would handle the military and conduct his policies…..all to suit his whims, desires, and self-absorbed views.

Be sure and read the links in the piece, particularly the first link to Amir Taheri’s newest article on the subject…..Something else in his article also caught my eye…apparently since Taheri announced what he knew about Obama’s interference in Iraq, he has been the victim of multiple death threats from Obama supporters.

Taheri has issued this plea to Obama:

……I must also appeal to him (Obama) to issue a “cease and desist” plea to the battalions of his sympathizers – who have been threatening me with death and worse in the days since my article appeared.

Wonder if Obama has directed these threats in much the same manner that he, by directing his supporters, has threatened and interrupted the radio show in Chicago?  Wonder when Obama will try to send out the DOJ dogs to destroy Taheri…..???

Back to the main topic of this post….Here is Confederate Yankee’s piece “The Freshman’s Arrogance” in its entirety:

New York Postcolumnist Amir Taheri continues to hammerDemocratic Presidential candidate Barack Obama today for secretly meddling in U.S. foreign policy in Iraq for his own naked political gain. Taheri first madethese allegations on Monday, quoting Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari on the record as saying that when Obama visited Iraq in July, he tried to convince Iraqi government officials to not work with President Bush’s Administration.

Obama told the Iraqis that President Bush’s administration was in a “state of weakness and political confusion,” and tried to convince the Iraqis to wait to negotiate on troop-level agreements until the next administration took office in 2009. At the time of his trip in July, Obama had a comfortable lead in the polls over John McCain and was assuming he would likely be President.

The American Spectator reportsfrom sources inside the campaign that Obama’s advisers were stumped for more than five hours trying to figure out a response to Taheri’s article, because:

  • the account was true
  • there were at least three other witnesses to the conversation between Obama and Zebari
  • the campaign felt there were enough reporters in Iraq that “were aggressive enough” to debunk a denial, causing the campaign even more embarrassment.

 Instead, Obama’s campaign attempted to rebut Taheri’s article with a snide accusation that Taheri was confusing the Status of Forces agreement with a Strategic Framework Agreement, with a statement that read:

“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.”Tellingly, the Obama campaign never attemptedto push the Post for a correction or retraction of Taheri’s charges, and observers quickly noted the campaign’s response seemed to confirm the story.

Taheri’s response in today’s New York Postgives the Obama campaign both barrels, first stating that if there was any confusion about the Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Strategic Framework Agreement (SFA), the confusion came on the part of the Obama campaign, as the documents are closely intertwined. Tom Maguire notes the campaign’s apparent confusion in Barack Versus Barack On Iraq, which shows Obama’s own web siteis consistent with Taheri’s claims.

Ed Morrisey at Hot Air excoriates Obama for his “me first, country second” arrogance.

First, SenatorObama has no authority to negotiate on behalf of the executive branch, which has sole authority to conduct foreign policy. Second and most important, Obama attempted to interfere against the interests of the United States.He can ask all the questions he wants, but when Obama started pressing Iraqi officials to stop negotiations with the executive branch — in other words, break one level of diplomatic contact and freeze a military alliance in time of war — that crossed a line and clearly violated the Logan Act. It also makes clear that Obama would do anything to get elected, even harm diplomatic relations between the US and an ally.And while many are focusing on Obama’s interference in foreign policy, Taheri also noted in his Monday article that Obama tried to use his trip to pressure the military to support his political goals.

As he has made clear on numerous occasions, the first-term Senator has consistently pledged a date-based withdrawal built according to his own timetable, not a conditions-based withdrawal determined by upon security and political considerations and competencies on the ground.

Obama pressured U.S. commanders for a “realistic withdrawal date,” a date that would have been used as a transparent sop to his radical left-wing political base, and an attempt to unethically put those U.S. military commanders in a position of potentially influencing the course of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. Commanders declined to be baited.

Barack Obama attempted to compromise the pledge of military commanders to remain apolitical, while actively undermining the foreign policy of the current administration while our soldiers are still deployed.

Barack Obama clearly values what is best for Barack Obama, but does he value anything else?