Obama’s Troop Withdrawal Deception

Pro-Troop PAC Produces Video Ad Attacking Obama for Recklessly Endangering U.S. Troops in Iraq Obama Campaign Reaction and Denials Are Full of Holes

(SACRAMENTO) -- Move America Forward’s political action committee, MAF Freedom PAC, today released a new video ad that charges Obama with keeping “our troops in danger so he could play politics with the war.”

Iraq Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari revealed to the New York Post that presidential candidate Barack Obama wanted Iraqi officials to halt negotiations with the U.S. on withdrawing troops from Iraq. Fearful that success in Iraq would harm his political aspirations, Obama sought to keep troops in Iraq so he could continue attacking the Bush Administration for not imposing a timetable for withdrawal.

Melanie Morgan, Chairman of MAFPAC, said, “I have never heard of any candidate deliberately trying to get Americans killed to prove their point. The hypocrisy of Barack Obama to say in the United States that he wants a speedier troop withdrawal date, while telling the Iraqis to stop negotiating, is appalling.”

The MAFPAC ad slams Obama for saying one thing on the campaign trail, “I have a plan that will bring our combat troops home. It is time to start bring our troops home.” But then, his behavior in Iraq shows he wanted “to keep our troops in danger so he could play politics with the war. That’s disgraceful. Barack Obama is unfit to be Command-in-Chief, and is playing politics with our military men and women.”

The Obama Campaign responded yesterday, saying that the appearance of inconsistency is the result of confusion between a Status of Forces Agreement and a Strategic Framework Agreement which combined would govern the legal basis and guidelines for U.S. military presence in Iraq.

But an NBC report at the time quotes Obama as saying, “Obviously, we can't have US forces operating on the ground in Iraq without some sort of agreement, either a further extension of the UN resolution or some sort of Status of Forces agreement, some strategic framework agreement.”

“Obama understood that U.S. forces need both agreements in force when the UN mandate expires, and he never made any attempt to separate the two until it became a way for him to try and cover up his abhorrent anti-military position that he took with the Iraqi foreign minister. But he never thought it would be revealed to the American people. He is shamelessly now trying to claim that people are mixing up the two different documents.

“The bottom line is that Obama shamefully and recklessly tried to delay progress in Iraq for political gain. That is despicable and unbecoming a presidential candidate. That is why he must be stopped.” Morgan concluded.