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

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

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/10/12/art.obamaphi.gi.jpg caption="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. LatinosforMcCain

    Sorry to Say but this Election just about to start a WAR between the Whites and Blacks. All of a sudden the blacks are stating that if whites don't vote for OBAMA then the Whites are Racist WOW. Then if the Blacks don't vote for Whites it is not Racist Wow. Listen All I know is that the Majority of the Puerto Rican Nation all throughtout the East Coast will vote for McCain. Thats is a Fact. Here in the Bronx, where there is a Majority of the Puertorican they are going to McCain and that is a fact. They were ALL going for Hillary but Hillary cannot convince the Puerto Rican to vote for OBAMA no they Won't. Hate to say but many Latinos will go to McCain just wait and See. Come Nov you will see the Shock that McCain will win PA, WI, and MN, OH, FA, and that is VICTORY to McCain.

    Puertorican, Mexican, Cuban, Colombian, Trust me they are going to McCain!!

    Latinos for McCain!!!!!!!!

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Barbara CA

    Reporters will check their facts about local accidents but not about something like this?

    Here are more facts. Other electoral maps have shown Virginia Leaning Obama for many days. Why isn’t CNN showing this on their electoral map?
    Here are the polls numbers below:
    Poll Date Obama McCain Spread

    FOX News/Rasmussen 10/05 50 48 Obama +2
    SurveyUSA 10/05 53 43 Obama +10
    Suffolk 10/05 51 39 Obama +12
    Mason-Dixon 10/05 45 48 McCain +3
    CNN/Time 09/30 53 44 Obama +9
    InAdv/PollPosition 09/29 51 45 Obama +6

    RCP Average 09/28 – 10/07 50.6 44.3 Obama +6.3

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  3. White-African(born there) American Military BRAT

    Can't we VOTE Palin/McCain OFF THE ISLAND????

    October 12, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  4. Andrew Musila

    Who told her to say that..

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  5. Pat W.

    Oh, come on. She probably winked and scrunched up her nose real cute-like when she told the lie. She's such a scamp.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  6. emily

    How many lies does this "Christian" woman have in her? I thought lying was a sin.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. not the america i represent

    anything goes politics. not suprising.

    there really isn't anything mccain/pailn can do to win my vote back. their negativity, inablility to focus on our current crisis and clear propencity to lie and encourage hate has sealed the deal.

    get the facts... you'll see Obama/Biden is the logical choice for 08

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. Paul Thompson

    Anyone who tells his supporters...to go out and 'get in their face'
    isn't who we need.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  9. michaelcal

    It is time the media looked at its behavior in this campaign. It will present anything said by candidates without question. It is a party to the recent McCain mob scenes. It wants a "battle" a "horserace" a "wara'. It is culpable and should develop a policy of not being used just to fill air time. McCain has started to bring this country down. He and Sara would destroy it to be elected. Mr.I was a prisoner and can do no wrong as a result, plays well with a non questioning media, and attacks when questions are raised. Even now McCain/ Palin hate is presented daily. In addition you have started to raise race in the campaign. Come on. Wake up. You don't have to excuse this type of behavior and try to find something bad to say about Obama to "be ballanced".

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Watermann

    Oh my God, I experienced some harsh campaigns back here in "good old Germany" but what I have heard and read in the course of this campaign beats everything by far.

    McCain`s so called "closing argument" which will push your great country much deeper into division is the most stupid thing I ever heard.

    All this is an insult for any citizen with a remaining rest of intelligence.

    October 12, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  11. LatinosforMcCain

    Latinos for McCain don't listen to all those polls, pundits, CNN, MSNBC, ABC, CBS, NBC they are all lying. The hispanic here in NY will go to McCain!!! Trust me on that.


    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  12. Dawn T. Ada, Ohio

    Now are any of you actually surprised that Sarah Palin and John McCAin are once again lying their pants off!!! Wow someone actually needs to call them out on this during the debate on Wed.

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  13. Eric

    What a shocker! Another McCain/Palin lie! 23 days and counting until we can clear the airwaves of their pathetic campaign. We can't be rid of them soon enough!

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  14. Sarah

    Palin is just lying too much to divert atttention away from troopergate... American people are smart enough to discover all the lies this lady is bringing...
    Shame on you toopergate

    Stop the lies...No McSame or Troopergate

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  15. Steve

    Ok look, let me apologize to Sarah Palin. She is not an iddiot but she is simply not qualified to be vice president or president of the United States. I respect her as a mother and her family for the good they have done and doing for others and her family's support for our country. The fact that she has a son in the military says a lot about the goodness of her family.

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  16. I Have a Bracelet Too

    Isn't it interesting how the Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari uses the words "never, ever" as to so adamantly deny that Obama ever asked such a thing, as if to say he soooo favors Obama to become president. Why would the Iraqi FM want Obama as pres of US?

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  17. Doraine Gordon

    I do declare the truth just isn't in McCain, Palin or anybody connected to their campaign. I have never seen anything like it. If their lips are moving you know they are lying. I think all the dishonesty has caught up with them. They are not fit to help run our country. That old white haired man needs to go to the house and the ugly one needs to hide out in her igloo...Doraine in Texas

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  18. Tiff of lithia springs

    Wow! This is getting out of hand. I thought Barack didn't even have any concerns about IRAQ. Let the McCain camp tell it. But now he is trying to influence a key piece of negotiation.

    October 12, 2008 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  19. Paula

    Why does that surprise you? It seems you can't be considered a politician in America if you don,t know how to lie.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  20. Marcia, Marcia, Marcia in CA

    Sarah Phaney is a phony, lying hypocrite.

    Just like Dick.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  21. Paul Thompson

    By the way...get out of my face!

    Obama's a bigger liar than McCain!

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  22. Paula

    Stop trying to distract intelligent people for voting in the Best: Obama/Biden

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  23. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  24. Tracey

    Sarah should start her Chrismas shopping. Soon she will be back in Alaska.

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. Grant NYC

    Why are we even wasting our time mentioning or discrediting a story broken/fabricated by the Washington Times. Everyone knows that they are founded and run by a far-right cult (Sun Myung Moon and the Unification Church). Don't believe me? Look it up...

    October 12, 2008 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
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