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. Lisa

    Stick to your abortion rhetoric, Sarah. The only thing left you have is to energize your base. You've become irrelevant to everyone else.

    October 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  2. shepard

    Sarah should be called upon about her remarks. she should be enquired about her statement. It is about time that all media should stop covering her campaign if she is not accessible by the media. Period!

    It seems McCain and Sarah is doing the same harm that the 'Bush' man has done to the Republican party. This is to all loyal & decent Republicans: the campaign is foregone. The white house belongs to the democrats. But plz revitalize the Republican party with the right kind of Leadership. Let some intelligence prevail. Do away with the hypocritcal 'family value' advertiser, gun toting hockey mom from the party of Ronald Reagan!

    October 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  3. Danny

    On what basis do you believe McCain/Palin will win? Anything can happen between now and Nov 4... Is there some policy or position that will turn things around? This is a serious question, as I would like to understand where you are coming from. All hyperbole aside. What factors will drive a mc cain win?

    October 12, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  4. susie

    Why are Obama supporters so mean?

    October 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  5. stef

    Why don't someone call them on their lies, I can't stand McCain-Palin, their time is coming soon, You reap what you sow.

    October 12, 2008 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  6. Rob

    We need a Veteran for President.He has served his country;has chosen a true Christian to be his VP.He has the expeience that is needed;would show no partiality to certain races.Vote for McCain;Palin.

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  7. White man for Obama

    OBAMA/BIDEN OBAMA/BIDEN OBAMA/BIDEN

    Just kidding, I would never vote for Obama because he can't be trusted. I thought I'd try disguising my post because CNN only wants to pick the Obama praisers. He is connected with Ayers, Acorn, and now we are posting a story that gives a foreign leader more credibility then a U.S. governer. Oh because an Iraq foreign minister says so, it definately has to be true. CNN sucks.

    OBAMA/BIDEN OBAMA/BIDEN OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  8. Danny

    On what basis do you believe McCain/Palin will win? Anything can happen between now and Nov 4... Is there some policy or position that will turn things around? This is a serious question, as I would like to understand where you are coming from. All hyperbole aside. What factors will drive a mc cain win?

    Mcsame\ sarah fading,

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  9. White woman of 63 for Obama from Day 1.

    I don't go to the movies much, but I will go to the movies to see
    Oliver Stone's movie, "W" opening on October 17. and I will watch
    Obama's 1/2 hour "paid for" speech to the American people the
    minute it hits the air. As far as the last "debate", I will watch it to
    hear more lies by McCain! in one last ditch effort to win your vote by
    lying.

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  10. Obama 08: white, female, 60 yr old supporter

    What a surprise...another Palin lie....why so silent on her breach of ethics??

    How much of her convention speech has been proven false as well as her inflammatory inaccurate comments since?

    How can this person claim she will be able to work in a bipartisan way in Congress and have any credibility internationally??

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  11. Speider

    Palin could not have lied! That would be unethical and immoral! She is a devote Christian with firm Christian values!

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  12. Rob

    We need a Veteran for President.He has served his country;has chosen a true Christian to be his VP.He has the expeience that is needed;would show no partiality to certain races.Vote for McCain;Palin.This is not a duplicate comment.You are showing partiality to Obama comments.

    October 12, 2008 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  13. gp

    When somebody will ask Mc Insane and his misstres abaut all lies. It is enough of making things look the same in both campains by telling generaly there are negative adds. What McInsane is doing is nasty and evoking hatred .It is dangerous and devisive. It is very different because is built on lies about Obama. Even other day when he pretendet to corect voter who was telling that Obama ia Arab HE REPLAID HE IS DCENT FAMILY MAN HE DID NOT SAY HE IS NOT ARAB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It seems that he pretend not to know that !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! If he doesn't he IS SHOWING HOW LITLLE HE IS IN TOUCH WITH REALITY, or if he does than is clear racisam at play!!!!!!!!!! Either one we do not need now!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  14. Republican

    I don't think Palin cares if she spouts truth or lies. It's the sting from her words that catch on to people.

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  15. Indianaowens

    This Palin woman is willing to say anything that is put in front of her. Her lack of honesty is so obvious, how can the republican base be so infatuated with such a shallow human being?

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  16. young PHX

    Delay Security agreement or not, John McCain will lose the election.

    At this time McCain is just fighting a losing battle with HIMSELF and not with the Obama camp. He should not lose his dignity in the process. Frankly, he is looking pretty pathetic right now.

    We know Sarah Palin has no shame. However, for John McCain to retain some of his political self respect, he should advice Ms. Palin to just "shut up" and not make a bad situation worse. He should go ahead and fire the person that gave him the whole Sarah Palin idea – Just to make statement.

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  17. LC

    I agree with the bold statement below

    October 12, 2008 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  18. Gail in SC

    She lies! What's new! This is just disgraceful that a VP candidate is reduced to smearing and lying. Ms. Laxalt said it best that the GOP should be ashamed of using her in this way, but I know they are not. Just sad!

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  19. David

    Talk about lies, how about Obama saying he could not disown his grandmother any more than he could dis-own Jeremaih Wright. Then he left the church. He will do anything for politics, when will take a stand.
    Accepting the message of change,We voted for change in 2006, we got it ,the do nothing Congress. The economy was growing in leaps and bounds, going from 2001 until the beginning of 2007. Voting for change again, not again!

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  20. Coal Miner

    Whether she is lying or not can you imagine a person with her poor social graces to be involved in significant contacts with the leaders of other nations. As they saying goes, "They would have herf for lunch!!"

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  21. Believe in Obama

    Another one...wow, when would they stop...

    Obama has played a decent , truthful race throughout this election. He has shown us his strength, with all the lies and words thrown out at him....may god bless you always and keep you save.

    If you guys still consider voting for McCain, you are agreeing that it is ok to lie and cheat to get into the White House and to let them continue doing so over and over again.

    We need to put a stop to this and that is vote for Obama/Biden, the truthful candidate!

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  22. White man for Obama

    Maybe the iraqui radio is a more reliable news source than CNN.

    October 12, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  23. Independent but Leaning

    My pro-McCain comments get "mysteriously" lost in space... what a crock.

    Ask yourself: why are foreign governments so pro-Obama? Look at Obama's past ties to the middle east. A president has to look out for the US first–not be personally indebted to the middle east. Scary stuff and people don't care or want to know the truth.

    October 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  24. unlikely voter [D]

    surprise, more lies from the republican ticket. i havnt heard one true accusation come from Mcsame / Palin yet.

    what worse that thier lies is their voter base. has anybody seen video of thier rallies? its noting but racial slurs and hate speech, im surprised they're not burning crosses right their at the speeches. and when mccain tries to settle them down they boo him!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  25. mark

    Wow, Palin lied again...big surprise...

    October 12, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
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