(Editor’s note: a link has been added to the New York Post story by Amir Taheri – h/t MAF PAC Blog.)
It’s a long title, but the folks at Move America Forward apparently think a New York Post story about Barack Obama’s Iraq trip hasn’t gotten enough play – at least not as much as the brouhaha over whether Governor Sarah Palin actually set foot in Iraq during her visit to that theatre of operation.
Move America Forward’s political action committee, MAF Freedom PAC, today condemned Barack Obama for “putting his own political objectives ahead of the safety of U.S. military personnel in Iraq.”
Iraqi government sources have revealed to the New York Post that Presidential candidate Barack Obama demanded Iraqi officials stop negotiations with the Bush Administration to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq. Fearful that the success in Iraq would harm his political aspirations, Obama sought to keep U.S. troops in Iraq so he can continue attacking the Bush Administration for not imposing a timetable for withdrawal.
“If these allegations prove to be true, it should be the end of the Obama campaign,” asserted MAF Freedom PAC Chairman, Melanie Morgan. “Obama should have the decency to recognize that he lacks the moral character to serve as Commander-in-Chief, and he should withdraw from the ticket. I have never heard of any candidate deliberately trying to get Americans killed to prove their point.”
According to the New York Post story, not only did Obama seek to get the Iraqi’s to stop negotiating with Americans on the troop drawdown, he also tried to bully General David Petraeus to agree to a hard withdrawal date.
“The hypocrisy of Barack Obama to say in the United States that he wants a speedier troop withdrawal date, while telling the Iraqis to stop negotiating is appalling. Even supporters of a quicker U.S. withdrawal must be sickened by his conduct in Iraq. If there was ever a candidate who has demonstrated the lack of character and leadership to represent the United States in foreign affairs, it is Barack Obama,” Morgan concluded.
MAF Freedom PAC is the political action arm of Move America Forward, the nation’s largest pro-troop organization. The patriotic group is led by San Francisco pro-troop activist and renowned radio and television personality, Melanie Morgan.
Melanie Morgan certainly can write in such a manner to draw attention, but the point is valid. What makes it even more saddening is that Obama has no compunction about “bullying” one of our commanders in the field but wouldn’t extend that attitude toward our enemies, as in agreeing to meet with terrorist-sponsoring national leaders without preconditions. And didn’t we go through this with President George H.W. Bush and his supposed mission to Iran prior to the 1980 election? The story goes that Bush went to Iran and sought a deal to keep the 52 American hostages they were holding through the election so Ronald Reagan and he could more easily defeat President Carter. (Not that Reagan needed much help.) That tale was proven false, but not until after a Congressional investigation was called for. Good luck getting any such investigation in this case.
I disagree with Morgan on one point, though. Personally I think John Kerry had more of a “lack of character and leadership in foreign affairs” than Barack Obama has so far shown, but admittedly Obama is making it a close race to the bottom.
Also, I can update you on another story relating to the folks at MAF. I asked and I shall receive an interview with Blue Star Mom Deborah Johns, all that needs to be worked out is the particulars. It’s something I’m looking forward to doing sometime in the next few days.