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McCain Responds to Obama's Reported Undermining of the Commander-In-Chief During Wartime
National Review Online ^ | September 15, 2008 | Andy McCarthy

Posted on 09/15/2008 5:01:12 PM PDT by Roscoe Karns

McCain Responds to Obama's Reported Undermining of the Commander-In-Chief During Wartime [Andy McCarthy]

The McCain Campaign has issued a statement responding to the report from Amer Taheri (see today's web briefing) that Sen. Obama secretly negotiated with the Iraqi government regarding U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. McCain spokesman Randy Scheunemann stated as follows:

At this point, it is not yet clear what official American negotiations Senator Obama tried to undermine with Iraqi leaders, but the possibility of such actions is unprecedented. It should be concerning to all that he reportedly urged that the democratically-elected Iraqi government listen to him rather than the US administration in power. If news reports are accurate, this is an egregious act of political interference by a presidential candidate seeking political advantage overseas. Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq's Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting. The charge that he sought to delay the withdrawal of Americans from Iraq raises serious questions about Senator Obama's judgment and it demands an explanation.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: amertaheri; egregious; electionpresident; foreignpolicy; interference; iraq; mccainpalin; obama; obamabiden; obamagate; obamasbigadventure; obamatruthfile; response; treason
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To: ChessExpert
That is a sensible response from John McCain.

Isn't it though? The tone is perfect. Kudos to whoever wrote it.

51 posted on 09/15/2008 5:21:40 PM PDT by Yardstick
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To: teletech

Yes, a megalomaniac. He’s certainly overstepped the boundaries this time.


52 posted on 09/15/2008 5:22:03 PM PDT by SatinDoll (Desperately desiring a conservative government.)
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To: PhilDragoo

LOL


53 posted on 09/15/2008 5:22:16 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

BTTT


54 posted on 09/15/2008 5:22:30 PM PDT by aculeus
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To: Roscoe Karns

Obama just following in jon carry’s footsteps.


55 posted on 09/15/2008 5:22:43 PM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: atc23
This is something that is beyond the imagination. It cannot be.

And you know this how...?

56 posted on 09/15/2008 5:22:51 PM PDT by bcsco (Sarah America! Ignore the lipstik at your peril!)
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To: Roscoe Karns; P-Marlowe; Gamecock; jude24; Dr. Eckleburg; Jim Robinson; JohnHuang2; Thunder 6; ...

Obama Secretly Negotiates With Iraq to Cheat Troops Out Of Early Return Home


57 posted on 09/15/2008 5:23:01 PM PDT by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain Opposing -> ZerObama: zero executive, military, or international experience)
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To: teletech

He’s delusional, yes, and all that, but what this really shows is dangerous inexperience on the worldwide diplomatic stage. He’s a dunce trying to play chess with grandmasters.


58 posted on 09/15/2008 5:23:34 PM PDT by ChocChipCookie (Homeschool like your kids' lives depend on it.)
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To: bcsco

McCain to be on all the morning shows tomorrow.

Perfect timing for us.

Pray for our country.


59 posted on 09/15/2008 5:23:54 PM PDT by Carley (she's all out of caribou.............)
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To: bcsco
Obama will cry foul,

McCain has been playing Obama like a cheap fiddle.

The last several news cycles have been dominated by Obama crying foul and you don't win elections by crying.

60 posted on 09/15/2008 5:23:57 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: IndianPrincessOK

Don’t want you to miss this.


61 posted on 09/15/2008 5:24:32 PM PDT by sarasota
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To: SatinDoll
Yes, a megalomaniac. He’s certainly overstepped the boundaries this time.

Obama isn't the President but he plays one on TV.

62 posted on 09/15/2008 5:24:35 PM PDT by teletech (Friends don't let friends vote DemocRAT)
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To: bcsco; All
Obama's posse has already howled in protest...

Obama campaign contests Taheri column

63 posted on 09/15/2008 5:24:36 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin is a smart missile aimed at the heart of the left!)
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To: atc23

Oh he did it. The sh!t of it is he’s immune to prosecution for this treachery since he’s the chosen one of the democrap party.


64 posted on 09/15/2008 5:24:58 PM PDT by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: Roscoe Karns
Senator Obama needs to reveal what he said to Iraq's Foreign Minister during their closed door meeting.

The McCain campaign is well aware of the rule of never requesting anything when you don't already have the answer.
65 posted on 09/15/2008 5:25:17 PM PDT by Mr. Binnacle (Sarah Palin is Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan in a sports bra!)
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To: mojito

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2082538/posts?page=151#151

To: Enchante

Interesting link from a few months back...seems like Barry has been playing double-speak with Zebari for quite a while:

http://blogs.abcnews.com/politicalpunch/2008/06/obama-and-iraqi.html

151 posted on 9/15/2008 4:50:32 AM by Shady Ray

Excerpt:

But today comes this report that Zebari told the Washington Post “that he had some frank talk for the candidate: ‘The foreign minister said ‘my message’ to Mr. Obama ‘was very clear...Really, we are making progress. I hope any actions you will take will not endanger this progress.’”


66 posted on 09/15/2008 5:25:28 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: atc23

So what other reason can you give for Obama’s Make-Me-Famous World Tour? He was up to no good and meddling where he should not have been.


67 posted on 09/15/2008 5:25:39 PM PDT by madison10 (Pray every day for McCains, Palins and the USA...and the rest of us, too.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

I hope that McCain’s Rapid Response Team can learn to respond faster than they did here.

Seriously, the story came out early this morning. I saw it at 8:00 am. Rush was on it at noon.

And McCain finally responds at dinner time?


68 posted on 09/15/2008 5:26:09 PM PDT by Mr. Brightside
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To: Mr. Binnacle

Yep!!!!!!!!


69 posted on 09/15/2008 5:26:31 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Great. But...is it unprecedented? What about Rockefeller? What about Kerry?


70 posted on 09/15/2008 5:26:40 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (diogeneticistical...esque...ish...)
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To: PhilosopherStones
C’mon Obambi! Spin, baby, SPIN!

They will make hurricane Ike look like a wimp.

71 posted on 09/15/2008 5:26:46 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Mr. Brightside

I think the whole economic crisis thing knocked it off the headlines. It sucks that it came on this day.. but it did.

If the economic thing hadn’t happened.. this would have been front page news everywhere.

Meantime.. O’Reilly is doing a puff piece on Obama’s life.

All because Obama did an interview with him.


72 posted on 09/15/2008 5:27:57 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: Mr. Binnacle

I was thinking the same thing. I noticed how long it took the McCain camp to release their statement. My guess is they did a little background research on this accusation before making their official statement.


73 posted on 09/15/2008 5:27:59 PM PDT by MissyMa
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To: Roscoe Karns

Great....I just hope this gets played out in the media!!!


74 posted on 09/15/2008 5:27:59 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (McCain/Palin...2 pit bulls, one with lipstick! Pigs will fly with lipstick Nov. 4th)
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To: XEHRpa

From the article at your link:

“I emphasized to him how encouraged I was by the reductions in violence in Iraq, but also insisted that it is important for us to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. troops, making clear that we have no interest in permanent bases in Iraq,” the senator said. “I gave him an assurance that should we be elected, an Obama administration will make sure that we continue with the progress that’s been made in Iraq, that we won’t act precipitously, but that we will move to end U.S. combat forces in Iraq in a manner that’s as careful as we were careless getting in.”

So he is saying to the Iraqi government “We are not interested in permanent bases.” By his own admission, he is bargaining with governments in a war!?!?! Did he truly think his path was paved straight to the White House?


75 posted on 09/15/2008 5:28:23 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: MHGinTN
The sh!t of it is he’s immune to prosecution for this treachery since he’s the chosen one of the democrap party.

Not sure where that immunity comes from, but in any event, when this happened in July he wasn't the "chosen one" of the Democrat party. He was simply the leading campaigner.

76 posted on 09/15/2008 5:28:31 PM PDT by bcsco (Sarah America! Ignore the lipstik at your peril!)
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To: Roscoe Karns
It's the seriousness of the charges...!
77 posted on 09/15/2008 5:28:34 PM PDT by airborne (Don't pray that God is on your side. Instead, pray that you are on God's side!)
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To: TitansAFC; meandog; onyx; MARTIAL MONK; GulfBreeze; Kuksool; freespirited; Salvation; furquhart; ...
The McCain List.

First class gamesmanship by the McCain Campaign. The ball is in Obama's court now.

78 posted on 09/15/2008 5:28:58 PM PDT by Norman Bates (Freepmail me to be part of the McCain List!)
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To: atc23
Guys - Color me skeptical that Obama actually did this. This is something that is beyond the imagination. It cannot be.

I can fairly easily see Obama discussing troop withdrawal (as both Obama and the Iraqis have confirmed) and mentioning something like, "And you know, the current administration is quite weak -- and its decisions are regarded with suspicion in America. The best negotiations would occur with the next president. Those would be truly enforceable by that president."

79 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:03 PM PDT by unspun (Mike Huckabee: Government's job is "protect us, not have to provide for us.")
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To: Roscoe Karns
And of course, the MSM ignores Hussein's traitorous actions!

Why isn't the MSM investigating this one??

Oooops, never mind,,,,I forgot they're totally tied up in their 'feeding frenzy' trying to find mud to destroy Gov. Palin.

Never mind.

80 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:05 PM PDT by stockstrader (The choice is easy--"McCAIN", or "HUSSEIN"?)
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To: torchthemummy

How many times has Obama said “The Iraqis are not doing their part?” Throw a few of those clips in the ad and ding-ding-ding there is a winner.


81 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:30 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Stand up, Chuck)
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To: Roscoe Karns

I was hoping they were going to plant the bug in the ear out there...even the concept of him doing this will cost him at least a week’s negative coverage...that leaves him with about 43 days to play with...if it turns out true and he did do this...he will have about 20 days at best in the news cycle to have positve messages come out.

But he is screwed...because there will be 3 debates and his boy Biden has family in legal trouble now as well as Palin ready to destroy him in a debate.


82 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:34 PM PDT by My Favorite Headache (No Obama, No Way, No How)
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To: Roscoe Karns
You see son I can't type to well but,

I can still slap you upside your head.


83 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:35 PM PDT by McGruff
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To: MissyMa

They were calculated at the time they responded.

If they had responded this morning it would have gotten no coverage at all today. Too much time given to the economic crisis. Even Rush only gave it a minute’s worth.

By responding now.. it will make it into tomorrow’s news cycle.


84 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:44 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: Interesting Times
Very good. I’m glad they didn’t let it pass unremarked.

Hang tough, McCain! Don't back off.

85 posted on 09/15/2008 5:29:59 PM PDT by Right Wing Assault ("..this administration is planning a 'Right Wing Assault' on values and ideals.." - John Kerry)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

How many times has Obama said “The Iraqis are not doing their part?” Throw a few of those clips in the ad and ding-ding-ding there is a winner.

And play that ad over and over and over......


86 posted on 09/15/2008 5:30:23 PM PDT by IndianPrincessOK (McCain/Palin...2 pit bulls, one with lipstick! Pigs will fly with lipstick Nov. 4th)
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To: word_warrior_bob
I sure hope they are interrogating the Iraqi leaders he spoke to.

I'm sure that Hussein surrogates are 'enlightening' the Iraqi leaders as we speak,,,,

to remind them of....ahmmmmm,,,,,,

what they 'REALLY' (wink) said!!!/s

87 posted on 09/15/2008 5:30:52 PM PDT by stockstrader (The choice is easy--"McCAIN", or "HUSSEIN"?)
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To: Mr. Brightside
Like dropping a jar of honey on the kitchen floor and leaving the room, thinking there's time to clean it up cuz it's just sitting there.

But come back in a couple hours and the damned stuff's inching up to the living room door.


88 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:23 PM PDT by tomkat (American craftsman)
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To: Miss Didi
Just in time for when McCain does all the morning shows tomorrow.

Oh my, yes! Obama hanging our troops out to dry, as told by one of the nation's best-known veterans. That should be interesting! Start your recorders! :)

89 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:36 PM PDT by 668 - Neighbor of the Beast (diogeneticistical...esque...ish...)
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To: All

I’m double posting because I meant to do this for all.
From the article at your link:

“I emphasized to him how encouraged I was by the reductions in violence in Iraq, but also insisted that it is important for us to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. troops, making clear that we have no interest in permanent bases in Iraq,” the senator said. “I gave him an assurance that should we be elected, an Obama administration will make sure that we continue with the progress that’s been made in Iraq, that we won’t act precipitously, but that we will move to end U.S. combat forces in Iraq in a manner that’s as careful as we were careless getting in.”

So he is saying to the Iraqi government “We are not interested in permanent bases.” By his own admission, he is bargaining with governments in a war!?!?! Did he truly think his path was paved straight to the White House?


90 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:37 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: All

I’m double posting because I meant to do this for all.
From the article at your link:

“I emphasized to him how encouraged I was by the reductions in violence in Iraq, but also insisted that it is important for us to begin the process of withdrawing U.S. troops, making clear that we have no interest in permanent bases in Iraq,” the senator said. “I gave him an assurance that should we be elected, an Obama administration will make sure that we continue with the progress that’s been made in Iraq, that we won’t act precipitously, but that we will move to end U.S. combat forces in Iraq in a manner that’s as careful as we were careless getting in.”

So he is saying to the Iraqi government “We are not interested in permanent bases.” By his own admission, he is bargaining with governments in a war!?!?! Did he truly think his path was paved straight to the White House?


91 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:45 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: autumnraine

Just the HINT of this is going to hurt Obama’s “messiah” standings among his OWN supporters—whether or not they will admit it. Using the delay of “bringing home our troops” as a “trump card” makes him look just like any ordinary political wheeler-dealer, and that might tarnish his image far more than any concern over the legal ramifications of his actions.


92 posted on 09/15/2008 5:31:49 PM PDT by milagro
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To: My Favorite Headache

Legal trouble???? I missed that. Can you point me to info?


93 posted on 09/15/2008 5:32:47 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (Stand up, Chuck)
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To: milagro

It throws sand in Obama’s gears.


94 posted on 09/15/2008 5:32:57 PM PDT by ConservativeMan55 (Obama is the Democrats guy. They bought the ticket, now they must take the ride.)
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To: All

FROM OBAMA’S OWN LIPS ADMITTING THIS IN JUNE OF THIS YEAR:
Please note the last sentence.

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/archive/2008/06/16/1146329.aspx

He said he told Zebari that negotiations for a Status of Forces agreement or strategic framework agreement between the two countries should be done in the open and with Congress’s authorization and that it was important that that there be strong bipartisan support for any agreement so that it can be sustained through a future administration. He argued it would make sense to hold off on such negotiations until the next administration.


95 posted on 09/15/2008 5:33:57 PM PDT by autumnraine (McCain/Palin 08)
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To: Roscoe Karns

Is it October yet?


96 posted on 09/15/2008 5:33:59 PM PDT by TruthWillWin
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To: NonValueAdded
Have Palin make a comment about it and let Bambi and the Obama media freak out . We will hear a response alright !
97 posted on 09/15/2008 5:35:33 PM PDT by ncalburt
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To: ChocChipCookie

>He’s a dunce trying to play chess with grandmasters.

Not quite. He’s trying to play checkers while the real game is chess. And he’s up against grand masters.


98 posted on 09/15/2008 5:35:50 PM PDT by Frank L
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To: Virginia Ridgerunner

Is it possible that McCain aides have already verified the veracity of this story?


99 posted on 09/15/2008 5:36:16 PM PDT by KansasGirl (READ MY LIPSTICK!!!)
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To: Roscoe Karns
Nothing new here at all.

Why should we be surprised that he tried to 'Undermine the Commander-in-Chief during wartime'?

Heck, he's spent the last two years trying to UNDERMINE and DEMORALIZE our military's efforts in Iraq,,,,,

while providing AID-AND-COMFORT to our enemies during time of war--with his relentless and incessant calls for an immediate pullout before the job is done!!!!

Nothing new here, nothing at all. No wonder the MSM is yawning!!

100 posted on 09/15/2008 5:36:17 PM PDT by stockstrader (The choice is easy--"McCAIN", or "HUSSEIN"?)
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