I’ve said before that I want to stay neutral here. But I can’t any more – I haven’t been around here long enough to say ‘vote this way because I say so.’ But while poking around to see what searches brought people here, I tripped over an interesting one – ‘Obama treason.’ Now, why would that lead somebody to this blog? I’m not sure, it doesn’t pop up in the Google search. However… well, guess what did pop up.
Doing a bit more research turns up this, from the New York Post.
Both claims are supported by the Daily Telegraph.
Now… I don’t like to support a lot of media sources out there. The bias involved – on both directions – is irritating. But when I come across something like this, with three separate sources, I’ve gotta start taking it seriously. Especially when the defense – from the Obama campaign – is this.
“In fact, Senator 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.”
While they do follow up with a statement pointing out that Obama says that such an agreement must be reviewed by Congress, the fact remains that he wasn’t advocating they insist on Congress reviewing it (BTW – unless you consider this a treaty, which it isn’t, such review would be… well… unconstitutional. It’s an agreement related to the strategy to be pursued, which I would think is under the Commander in Chief’s jurisdiction, not Congress’.)
What he was advocating was that they not make such an agreement until Bush is out of office. In other words, he told the leaders of Iraq that they shouldn’t deal with the current administration.
It doesn’t matter what the reason is – this is despicable conduct for a presidential candidate.
Doesn’t matter who does it. The fact is that a presidential candidate shouldn’t be screwing around with the operations of the current president, whether he likes him or not, unless it’s in the context of another official position he already holds. I don’t hear about any other Senators bugging Iraq to not make agreements about how long our troops are there.
Maybe this is change we can believe in. If that’s the case… I don’t think I want this particular change.