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Barack Obama had this to say about his discussion with the Iraqi Foreign Minister:

My concern is that the Bush administration–in a weakened state politically–ends up trying to rush an agreement that in some ways might be binding to the next administration, whether it was my administration or Sen. McCain’s administration. . .The foreign minister agreed that the next administration should not be bound by an agreement that’s currently made.

What? Somebody, I suspect, didn’t understand what was being said. Is the status of forces agreement only going to run through the end of the Bush administration? Or did either Obama or the foreign minister suggest that agreements from one administration aren’t binding on another?

Then there was this:

Asked by ABC News if Foreign Minister Zebari expressed any concern that the withdrawal of US troops under an Obama administration would undo any security gains, Obama said Zebari did not raise that issue.

So we are supposed to believe that Obama told him he is still moving out one or two brigades a month and Zebari didn’t bat an eye? Perhaps someone might check with the Iraqi government whether it agreeswith the Obama plan regardless of conditions on the ground. I suspect at least one of the people in that Obama-Zebari conversation wasn’t being very clear with the other. But perhaps John McCain, who also spoke to Zebari, can help fill in the blanks.


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