I guess in Obama's mind, he's in already. In the White House, that is. Or at least that's what he thought during his trip to Iraq some weeks ago. His polls were much better then.
The NY Post reports that Obama tried to forestall the troop withdrawal negotiations.
And it sounds like it wasn't merely a a question or a suggestion or a hope. It was a "key theme" during his discussions, according to the Iraqi Foreign Minister.
This is quite amazing. Interfering with the Executive Branch's right to conduct foreign policy. AND paying lip service to speedy withdrawal while pushing it out further. And, the arrogance and presumption that he would be the winner of the elections. The article points out that pushing out the negotiations now would mean really pushing them out, because of the new administration in the U.S., the Iraqi elections, and the time it would take to hammer out a new agreement and then get it passed in the Iraqi parliament. Wow...
According to Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari, Obama made his demand for delay a key theme of his discussions with Iraqi leaders in Baghdad in July.
"He asked why we were not prepared to delay an agreement until after the US elections and the formation of a new administration in Washington," Zebari said in an interview.
Obama insisted that Congress should be involved in negotiations on the status of US troops - and that it was in the interests of both sides not to have an agreement negotiated by the Bush administration in its "state of weakness and political confusion."
More madness here, at The Pantheon Journal.