October 12th, 2008
06:19 PM ET
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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. charles

    My friends this is one of the many lies to nowhere.

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  2. Jim in Indiana

    WOULD SOMEBODY PLEASE TELL ME TO RELAX.....
    THAT THERE ARE NOT THAT MANY RACIST IN THE COUNTRY..
    CNN SAID LAST NIGHT OBAMA WILL LOSE 6% OF HIS VOTE BECAUSE OF RACE.

    PLEASE SOMEBODY TELL ME IT;S OK..WE WILL WIN NEXT MONTH..

    INDIANA FOR OBAMA!!

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  3. ItWasAFumble

    It makes me wonder if the only people left who support the McPains are those who can't read, can't hear, and have IQs of about 60. Has Palin said anything at all that's true?

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. MR AMERICA

    You had your 8 years, GOP.

    What did you do with it?

    Pack up and go home.

    Palin will be recorded in history as the biggest joke and the most worthless candidate in human history.

    Shame on McCain for this pathetic campaign.

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  5. braggingrights

    After reading notes drafted by Karl Rove and Co. this woman tends lie without a brink of an eye! . Why can't she just resign? she is incompetent! which makes me wonder about Mcains judgement!. She claims to be a christian but I guess she only a christian on sundays only!. NO good Christian can lie the she does! she is a parthological lier!

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  6. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    I have a very good friend in England who says the europeans are very worried that we will put McCain in the WH.

    He and his running mate are trying to make us afraid of the Constitutional Scholar – and that is very scarey.

    October 12, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  7. Chris B

    She should stick to talking about abortion....

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  8. Jay

    More Lies from The Camp of No return!

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  9. America think for you

    They have nothing left but lies.

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  10. djak

    John McCain, can't you see how deep the hole is that you're digging yourself into? No wonder you didn't let Palin talk much. Maybe you need to go back to keeping her hidden.

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  11. Amy in Minneapolis

    With all do reaspect..........................Shut up Sarah, i have had it with your baseless lies!!

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

    LIes, lies Sarah..keep telling more lies!!

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  13. lil

    Anything and I mean anything that the mccain/palin ticket says should
    be fact checked before it is reported on because it might not be true.

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  14. f4skyhawk

    truth telling is not Mccain or the Washinging Times forte it seems

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  15. I LOVE AMERICA / OBAMA/CLITON/BIDEN ALLAINCE -FROM RENO

    HOPE PEOPLE ARE GETTING TO KNOW THE REAL PALIN, AND YOU WILL THINK WE AMERICANS WILL THINK VERY CAREFULL. THIS IS SOMEONE KNOWN AS HABITUAL LIER TO BE LISTEN BY OUR ALIES AROUND THE WORLD? I DONT THINK SO. THIS IS TOO RISKY AND DANGERIOUS JUST THINKING ABOUT MCCAIN EVEN WINNING AND SHE WILL BE HEART BEAT AWAY FROM THE PRESIDENT.

    NO WAY, NO MCCAIN, NO PALIN BOFFUNS

    OBAMA/BIDEN/CLINTON 2008

    October 12, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. Shawn, Lincoln, NE

    Can we please fast forward to election day already. I am so ready to get this campaign over with. Nothing good is being accomplished right now. Vicious rhetoric and misleading statements from McCain/Palin and some attacks from Obama's camp that aren't nearly as bad but are not helpful in the long run. Everyone just turn off your TVs and read a book like Obama says. Vote now if you can or set a reminder for Nov 4th and just ignore this mess!! It will keep you happier and more sane!!

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

    mb...
    the VP doesnt have the power to fire his/her boss nor the Supreme Justices. Palin did not say she would attempt to overturn Roe v. Wade, nor does she have any record of using her power to influence any law in regards to this issue.

    As for the abuse of power, I'd go after any SOB who tasered a child, and go after any SOB that protected him.
    Catch me if you can!

    October 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  18. One white republican who is fed up with the negativity of the McSame/Failin campaign and who has thrown his support to OBAMA/BIDEN

    News flash: McShame/Failin campaign has lied (again). Is there nothing that this desperate campaign will not do in a vain effort to get the Straight Talk Express back on the track? Answer: no, there is nothing they will not do. Lies, fraud, deception, fear-mongering, inspiration of hatred. These are the hallmarks of the McShame/Failin campaign. America is wise to your tricks. OBAMA/BIDEN are our only hope.

    October 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  19. dennisec

    Are we not surprised about the lies? All the more reason to vote for Obama and Biden. Get your early ballets in to help seal the deal.

    October 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. Uncle Sam

    John McCain has a record of reform.
    Why would anyone believe Sen. Obama's promises of change when he has never demonstrated it during his career?

    Americans for McCain '08

    October 12, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. FL GOP

    Obama "never, ever discouraged us not to sign the agreement," Zebari said.

    Ummmm...let's see...so he (Obama) ENCOURAGED them NOT to sign the agreement???

    Interviewing a bunch of drunks on a merry-go-round, now, CNN???

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. JOHN

    Palin has real problems with what is ethical. She is not ethical person. An ethical person who truly knows right will automatically do it. Palin and Mccain both struggle with, not only what is morally right but what is ethically right. They allow their followers to hype totally false comments that only a truly ignorant person will say and then say, we should not say those thngs after the ignorant have already spoken. What a set up. What irresponsiblity from adults. What a cheap unethical immoral way to run a cmapaign. And, what ignorant people listen to and sperak the "trash" talk. John

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  23. Amy

    "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."

    Just one more instance of the McCain/Palin campaign lying! I sure hope my fellow citizens are paying attention. In the past couple days Palin was found to abuse her power as governor and now this...

    What's next?

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  24. Disclaimer

    "That Woman", is a lying sack of you know what. Not only is she unqualified, but she's DANGEROUSLY unqualified. Besides racially tinged comments, she's now meddling irresponsibly into sensitive foreign affairs. Has McCain no shame?

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  25. Steve

    I am a white 54 year old normally voting republican. It is due to the constant LYING, misrepresentations, underhanded politics with no grounded position on anything that matters such as the ECONOMY, that I am NOT voting for John McCain. He has singled handedly destroyed the Repuplican Party with his poor judgements and bad decisions aligning himself with lobbists and iddiots i.e. a woman that has no business being governor, let alone vice president or President of the United States. He could of piced any other woman lawmaker or probably just about any other woman that is not a lawmaker and done better. He blows with the wind.

    October 12, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
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