October 12th, 2008
06:19 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama did not ask to delay security agreement, Iraqi FM says

The Iraqi foreign minister weighed in Sunday on a stateside campaign trail controversy.
The Iraqi foreign minister weighed in Sunday on a stateside campaign trail controversy.

BAGHDAD, Iraq (CNN) – Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama did not urge Iraqi officials to delay a decision on a security agreement with the United States, Iraq's foreign minister told CNN on Sunday.

The statement by Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari refutes a recent published report and a statement by Republican vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin that Obama tried to influence Iraqi politicians negotiating with the United States to score political points.

Fact Check: What did Obama tell the Iraqis?

Obama "never, ever discouraged us not to sign the agreement," Zebari said. "I think this was misrepresented, and I have clarified this case in a number of interviews back in the United States recently."

The Washington Times reported Friday that in June, Obama told Iraqi leaders in Baghdad that an agreement between the United States and the leaders to allow U.S. troops to stay in the country after 2008 should not go into effect unless it had congressional approval.

The newspaper quoted Samir Sumaidaie, the Iraqi ambassador to the United States, about a June 16 telephone conversation between Zebari and Obama.

But the article did not contain a comment from Zebari.

The campaign of Obama's Republican rival, Sen. John McCain, argued that Obama's call interfered with U.S. efforts to reach a "status of forces agreement" with the Iraqi government. The United States and Iraq have yet to announce an agreement despite numerous reports that one was near.

During a Friday fund-raiser in Madeira, Ohio, Palin said Obama tried to influence the negotiations "in a way that would set back America's cause there, while advancing his campaign here."


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iraq • Sarah Palin
soundoff (268 Responses)
  1. Old White Guy

    ANOTHER example of Sarah lying! What kind of status will the USA have with committed lairs like John and Sarah in office?

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  2. BJ in NC

    How many more lies doe this woman have to tell?? Sarah Palin brings shame to women who have put their sincere efforts in advancing the cause and stature of women.

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  3. Robert

    Another Palin Lie exposed. No wonder they Bood her in Philly. This woman has no credibility left.

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  4. Opinion

    who knows what is the real truth.

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  5. rob

    What republicans were lying about Obama's record? Like they do every time they open their mouth. Its all they got to run on now adays.

    October 12, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  6. (Former) Lifelong Republican for Obama, Columbia, TN

    Again, why is this news?! Of course Obama did not ask to delay anything. This is just another lie in a host of lies being spread by the McCain camp.

    October 12, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  7. barbara campbell

    As the old expression goes: if McCain's or Palin's lips are moving, they're lying.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  8. Adam in MPLS

    Yeah, and this will TOTALLY stop Sarah "Campaign to Nowhere" Palin from repeating. That woman has met a lie she doesn't like yet.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  9. jt from mi

    I wan under the impression that in this country we are not to make unfounded allegations against someone. Many people have been know to be sued for this behavior.
    We have come to expect this behavior from the airhead, because, well, she's an airhead.
    However, the Washington Post needs to be held accountable.
    Just my opinion.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  10. Chris

    Sarah's lying again? Eh, what else is new.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  11. Jill (Oregon)

    There she goes again, lie, lie, lie.....

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  12. Patriot

    Alas, just another lie in the slimy long line of them from the McCain / Palin ticket. They are truly pathetic.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  13. Chris

    Bush..er..I mean Palin's lying again? Eh, what else is new.

    October 12, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. TN Lady in OK

    Sarah Palin needs to keep her mouth closed and listen for a change. She is no diplomat, and is so unqualified to be in a leadership position, that it is frightening. Go back to Alaska, Sarah, and clean out from under your own doorstep before trying to do it to others.

    October 12, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Ex-Republican 4 Obama

    Well, there goes another 'conspiracy' theory inspired by the hate filled Neo-con Stalin youth, aka GOP.

    But, Palin was still guilty, ironic eh? how does a ticket with two convicted criminals get elected? It's either because we have stupid people or racist people...there is no other answer.

    The records stand for themselves. McCain did, FACT, commit treason as a POW. This pathetic notion that the right wing morons at the rallies cling to about Obama are hypocritical in light of the fact that they are supporting a known TRAITOR of the USA.

    Go figure....I think that leads me to believe it's racist, because nobody would be stupid enough to believe that McCain was a good man.

    Obama/Biden '08. Because I want a leader that has never committed treason against my country.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  16. aurelia- canada

    there we go again.. once again.. the pit-bull with a lipstick is caught lieing. I don't know how many times I am going to say shame, shame shame Sarah Palin!!!!!... Keep lieing and it will always be brought to light.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  17. Sandra

    Maybe we should be asking who is Sarah Palin?

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  18. McCain is losing his bearings again

    These lies are only a pattern of how McCain would run his administration. They have no problem lying to the American people.

    Trust and Honor are two words that can be found on the bathroom toilet tissue in the McCain campaign.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  19. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

    Would the Repugnicans Lie? Whoa... that's news to me. I feel so.... let down.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  20. Donna

    Palin will never admit she was incorrect in making such an inflammatory statement. Even after she was found to have abused her position as governor, she has been characterizing the report as completely vindicating her from any wrongdoing. She continues to misrepresent Obama's history and positions–the McCain campaign is wholly lacking in integrity.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  21. sick of it

    Just another lie in a long list of lies from the Hockey Mom. I guess if you deliver a lie with a wink and a "you betcha", she thinks it makes it true. Check the facts everyone.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  22. DOLLORBIL

    THE IRAQI FM OUGHT TO KNOW. JUST ANOTHER LIE BY MC CAIN -PALIN
    I AM VOTING FOR THAT ONE
    GO O AND JOE

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  23. mitch

    more palin/mccain lies aided by washington times. disgusting politics. we are sick of people lying to us about our politicians. we just want truth. america doesn't know what truth is anymore. all because of bush/cheney/rove/rumsfeld and republican supporters.

    October 12, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  24. Lissa in Montreal

    This story should be HEADLINES. Palin's lies, once again, show her lack of ethics.

    Oh wait – a legislative panel in Alaska already proved that!

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  25. M. WINNERS

    Again the McCain/Palin repugs have to resort to twisting the truth to fit their inflamatory stump speechs for ginnig up the neocan and racist base.

    Fear smear, mock and LIE – The dishonorable hallmark of the geezer and princess campaign becasue that's all they have...

    October 12, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
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