Saturday, July 19, 2008

Breaking News: Soap Opera Politics Vol 1 Issue 17: McCain adviser on Iraqi PM's Obama endorsement: 'We're f**ked'

Breaking News! This is being reported by several sources including AP, Reuters and we hear the White House also "accidently" sent it out to reporters.
My mother always told me everything happens for a reason. Should we believe the White House "accidently" sent this out? Is there more to this story than we are being led to believe? I know one thing. Obama supporters are rejoicing. All I can say is, "Hmmmm. All very curious."
The Atlantic reports:Senator John McCain ridiculed Senator Obama's timetable for Iraq withdrawal as a tactic aimed only at getting votes. For the Iraqi Prime minister, it apparently worked. The clear endorsement of Senator Barack Obama by Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki Saturday morning came as a strong blow to the McCain campaign.
McCain has claimed a superiority to Obama in matters of foreign policy as a major selling point to his candidacy for president, but that position is more difficult in the wake of al-Maliki's statement.
After hearing of the announcement, a sometime adviser to the McCain campaign said in an email, "We're f**ked," according to
Mark Ambinder of The Atlantic. A senior McCain campaign official responded to Ambinder about the development. "His domestic politics require him to be for us getting out," he said on the condition of anonymity. "The military says 'conditions based' and Maliki said 'conditions based' yesterday in the joint statement with Bush. Regardless, voters care about [the] military, not about Iraqi leaders." But it will be difficult for McCain to deny his own statement in 2004 that the United States would have to leave Iraq if the nation's leaders requested it.


Liquidmicro said...

You link to another blog as a story?? This isn't breaking news, this is biased opinion.

Anonymous said...

another blog?

Dee said...

I will add other sources, just for you! Look for them added to the original post.

Dee said...

I just posted the links from the Atlantic (the source article with original email from McCains advisor) and the CNN report of the White House´s "embarrassing slip up."

Its real my friend but all Very Curious!!

Liquidmicro said...

In an interview with SPIEGEL, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki said Barack Obama's 16 month timeframe for a withdrawal from Iraq is the right one.

Maliki was careful to back away from outright support for Obama. "Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans' business," he said. But then, apparently referring to Republican candidate John McCain's more open-ended Iraq policy, Maliki said: "Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems."

Iraq, Maliki went on to say, "would like to see the establishment of a long-term strategic treaty with the United States, which would govern the basic aspects of our economic and cultural relations." He also emphasized though that the security agreement between the two countries should only "remain in effect in the short term."

Maliki Doesn't Endorse Obama Troop Withdrawal Plan (Update2)

Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki hasn't endorsed any specific plan for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, a government spokesman said, a day after a magazine report that he backed Barack Obama's proposal.

Al-Maliki supports a ``general vision'' of U.S. troop withdrawal from Iraq and has not backed a plan by Obama, the presumptive U.S. Democratic presidential candidate, for a 16- month withdrawal window, government spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said in an e-mailed statement in Baghdad today.

Al-Maliki was quoted in an interview with Germany's Der Spiegel magazine published on its Web site yesterday as saying Obama's plan is ``the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.''

Comments al-Maliki made to the magazine were ``misunderstood and mistranslated'' and were not ``conveyed accurately,'' al- Dabbagh said in the statement.

Remarks made by the prime minister or any member of the Iraqi government ``should not be understood as support to any U.S. presidential candidate,'' the statement said.

You should have linked to the original interview and the follow up article, They are above for you. Al-Maliki has always wanted the US out sooner rather than later, all he has done is repeated it here.

Dee said...

This post is about what the McCain advisor said. Thats the news!

My view: We made a mistake making the left turn to Iraq and Bush and Co. are wholly accountable. We need a timeline to withdraw and allow them to run their own country. Maliki agrees. He agrees with Obama. However, for political purposes and the arm twisting by the Bush campaign, he is backing off his original statement.
I agree with McCain Advisor´s initial assessment!

Second issue: Even the Bush administration could not be THAT Incompetent to MISTAKENLY send the email to the entire newscore. I wonder what they are Really up to! There are motives. We just don´t know them.

The Arizonian said...

Does anyone in the US really care who Maliki endorses?

But I do agree that if the leadership of Iraq says they can take over, mission accomplished. Too bad we abandoned the Powell Doctrine.

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