Monday, September 15, 2008

Obama Contests NY Post on Reported Request to Stall Iraqi Troop Withdrawal

Sen. Barack Obama's spokeswoman Wendy Morigi told the media today that the campaign is challenging Amir Taheri's column in today's New York Post. Taheri had reported that Obama, while on his Mideast trip during the summer, had asked high ranking Iraqi officials to delay a decision on U.S. troop withdrawal until after the November election.

"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," Morigi said. "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."

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