July 20th, 2008
10:00 AM ET
12 years ago

White House sends press corps al-Maliki praise for Obama plan

al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday.

al-Maliki praised Obama’s 16-month withdrawal plan in a newspaper report Saturday.

CRAWFORD, TX (CNN) - An embarrassing slip up for the White House press office Saturday, when an aide hit the wrong button and mistakenly sent to the news media a Reuters article saying Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki backs presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama's troop withdrawal plan.

White House spokesman Scott Stanzel says, "It was a mistake. Clips list for staff was supposed to be the addressee."

The Obama campaign quickly took advantage of the mistake, forwarding an ABC report detailing the incident to its press list.

This is not the first time the White House has emailed in error. But its timing is particularly embarrassing as the Bush administration's recent agreement with al-Maliki on a "general time horizon" for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq is being cited by some as resembling Obama's proposal that U.S. forces should leave within 16 months.


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  1. Ken

    Maliki likes Obama's plan. McCain adopts Obama's position on more troops in Afghanistan. Northern Pakistan, a terrorist haven, is bombed after Obama says he would strike at terrorists in northern Pakistan.

    Funny...Obama says it and shortly afterwards, policy magically moves in that direction.

    July 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  2. K of TX

    HELLO AMERICA?!?

    Is it just me or is everyone taking cues from Sen. Barack Obama?

    What other conformation do we need?

    McCain is wrong on the future of U.S. Foreign/Domestic policy and Sen. Obama is right!

    Iran even called the nuclear TALKS with the European Union productive. Let me say it again-TALKS! More often than not, war is not the most pervasive form of achieving the common good. On foreign and domestic policy, Sen. Obama's judgement has been impeccable with very few exceptions. Sen. McCain has sided with President Bush's style of foreign and domestic policy, which has achieved very little.

    Hats off to Condi Rice for finally convincing this administration to take a more conciliatory tone with North Korea and Iran.

    July 19, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  3. Ula Nejad- Sacramento Ca

    16 months is unrealistic for great negotiators and movers and shakers given the situation in Iraq and the region. Proportional representation in ethnic and gender is an opportunity for Iraq to set the standard in the region. Iran will have to play an effective role as Condi Rice had stated.

    July 19, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  4. Reality Check Richmond Virginia

    haha.......they're not even good a being republicans.

    July 19, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  5. Chris

    Obama's judgement or McCain's 100 yr war?

    July 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  6. Deli

    wow, simply wow. How things have developed.

    July 19, 2008 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  7. Pete

    Wow

    July 19, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  8. Rebecca From Toledo, Ohio

    Mistake my butt, I'm sure Obama's camp was behind this.

    July 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Amused

    Whoopsies!

    That is too funny.

    But more importantly, Obama has shown good judgment once again and is leading others by example- Bush, McCain, now Maliki, all are following his foriegn policy proposals on Iraq, Afghanistan and Iran.

    July 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  10. I miss Hillary

    We should leave when Petraeus says it is safe for us to leave. An arbitrary timeline is foolish and dangerous.

    July 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  11. ric

    Obama is already setting the agenda. winning the arguments and will hopefully win the election in November!

    July 19, 2008 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  12. yankee

    Unreal! Even Maliki is on-board with Sen Obama. First Bush attacks Pakistan, as Obama plans too, next Bush and McCain flip-flop and join Obama's call for more troops in Afghanistan, and finally Bush engages with Iran and sets a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq. (This makes Bush a cut-and-runner.)

    I wonder if the CNN and the rest of the MSM will catch on to these Republican/McCain flip-flops? Nah, CNN is too busy cover Angelina’s new babies. MSM, you stink!

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  13. Tony

    even the Iragi agree with Obama. Mc toast is toast

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  14. Venus

    Ha,ha,haaaaa! This is great!

    Don't forget to email McSame!

    Go Obama! Let's get out of Iraq!

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  15. Benjamin

    Troop withdrawls in Iraq. Talks with Iran. Yes it does look like the Bush administration is following up on Sen. Obama's plan.

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  16. A NATION OF WHINERS for OBAMA

    WE ALL KNOW THAT THE US FORCES ARE IN IRAQ

    AGAINST 90% OF THE WILL OF THE IRAQI PEOPLE.

    AND THAT SAME PERCENTAGE OF THE AMERICAN PEOPLE.

    THIS IS A WAR THAT ONLY THE BUSH, CHANEY, & MCBUSH

    LOBBYISTS WANT, SO AS TO FILL THEIR SLEAZY POCKETS,

    WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS.

    July 19, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  17. Dave

    Wow. Pretty soon the White House will be changing their slogan to Yes We Can.

    July 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  18. Lee from FL

    why is everybody so surprised?
    They dont want us in there country so we need to leave.

    July 19, 2008 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  19. Mark

    What can you say, the Bush Administration is the gang that can't shoot straight.

    July 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  20. THE O

    This country is being run by Dumb. And now Dumber is trying to run this country too, we can not let this happen. Obama has made all the right calls, we need good jugdment from our next President.

    BARACK THE VOTE!!!!!!

    BARACK SEBELIUS 08

    July 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  21. Irene Gray

    It is amazing how the Bush administration use ideas from Obama. They should have engaged him eight years ago. If they had, things would probably be much better.

    July 19, 2008 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  22. The Truth Slips Out!

    This is likely the only way such truth can find its way out of the current administration's White House....

    It will really be hard for the current REGIME to wiggle their way out of this one! But I am sure that McCain and Bush will trying to claim these ideas as their own, as usual.

    TimeHorizon = Timetable
    Bush's plan = OBAMA's plan

    Thank you Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki!

    Casey | Tecumseh, Mo.

    July 19, 2008 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  23. Alex in MA

    Wow! Everything Obama says are being validated one by one!

    July 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. Clinton Fringer

    If I was GWB I would would tell Iraq that we will be leaving starting tomorrow .....in haste. And, once we leave we won't be going back. They can stand on their own without our troops, our weapons and our money. See how quickly their attitude chages. Everyone always wants us to leave....with their hands still out. Once they figure out their gravy train has left it will be a different story.

    July 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. Peter

    So who is most qualified to be Commander in Chief?. Even Al Maliki agrees Obama's plan is the best. This is the President of the Nation that McCain would like to keep US troops for 100 years. This will turn out to be the biggest mistake that US has ever made and would dwarf the decision for the war itself.

    July 19, 2008 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
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