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Obama ‘Negotiated’ With Iraqi Terrorists

From an approving Washington Post:

Followers of radical Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr, prepare to burn a representation of the U.S. flag during an anti-U.S. demonstration following Friday prayers in the Sadr City neighborhood in Baghdad, Iraq, Friday, July 24 2009.

U.S. Officials Negotiated With Iraqi Insurgent Groups Twice in Spring

By Nada Bakri
Friday, July 24, 2009

BAGHDAD, July 23 — U.S. officials engaged in negotiations with Iraqi insurgent groups in two meetings this spring that culminated in an agreement to organize talks intended to bring the groups into Iraqi political life, an insurgent leader and Turkish and American officials said Thursday.

The negotiations involved at least three insurgent leaders and at least three State Department officials, who met in Turkey in March and May, said Sheik Ali al-Jubouri, an insurgent representative. A third meeting was supposed to take place in June, but it never happened, Jubouri said in an interview by telephone from Qatar.

U.S. officials declined to provide details of the meetings, which they said took place in March and April. State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley said Thursday that military and diplomatic officials "meet with a wide range of Iraqi contacts with the purpose of promoting reconciliation and fostering national unity" and that "the meetings in question occurred some months ago and with the knowledge of officials within the Iraqi government." …

Turkish officials confirmed that the meetings took place in Turkey.

The discussions, which were revealed in Arabic-language news media this week, have set off arguments about who was aware of them. Some Iraqi officials disputed the U.S. statement that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s government had been told of the negotiations.

"I don’t think there were any meetings," said Sami al-Askari, a lawmaker and aide to Maliki. "The Americans can’t negotiate something like this without the Iraqi government’s presence."

Jubouri said he had disclosed the specifics of the negotiations as a way to put pressure on the U.S. side after it chose not to convene the third meeting. U.S. officials suggested word of the meetings was disclosed as a way to gain leverage in political battles in Baghdad…

Jubouri is well known in insurgent circles and has appeared as a spokesman in Arabic-language media. He identifies himself as a representative of an umbrella group of several Sunni insurgent organizations led by Islamists. It does not include al-Qaeda in Iraq, a homegrown movement whose attacks have been among the bloodiest.

Jubouri said he did not take part in the negotiations with the Americans, and he declined to identify either the insurgent leaders or the U.S. representatives. He said the U.S. military had first approached the groups earlier this year. After the groups refused to negotiate with people they considered occupiers, he said, diplomats were sent instead.

At the negotiating table, Jubouri said, the groups had four main demands: an official apology to the Iraqi people for the 2003 invasion and the occupation that followed; the release of all their prisoners; a pledge to rebuild Iraq; and U.S. support for reforms that would bring the groups into the political mainstream

Note how successful negotiating with these terrorists has been.

Since March the death toll in Iraq has skyrocketed.

If we allow these terrorist groups to hold power in Iraq, why did we ever fight the War On Terror in the first place?

Is Mr. Obama really going let all of our brave men die in vain?

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, July 24th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

15 Responses to “Obama ‘Negotiated’ With Iraqi Terrorists”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Barry the Bungler can negotiate with terrorist but not with fellow Americans over the right things to do?

    Now is the time to strike the Impeachment bell and fire him as our leader.
    He has NO business dealing with terrorist. Especially if they are on the “Terrorist Watch” list.
    OOOOW…………I loathe this daddies boy!

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      My guess is that lil barry promised ’em cash and stuff if they promised not to attack on, or during, or too soon after the US withdrawal so as not to make the won look bad.

  2. MinnesotaRush says:

    The “Charlatan-in-Chief”, o-blah-blah, IS a domestic terrorist!

  3. GL0120 says:

    “Is Mr. Obama really going let all of our brave men die in vain?”
    Absolutely not, that’s why he’s negotiating with them.
    Oh, sorry, I thought you meant his brave men, the ones fighting the imperialist troops of George Bush.
    He’ll back them till hell freezes over or his birth certificate becomes public.

  4. Reality Bytes says:

    I’m sure this made Bill Ayer’s day.

  5. canary says:

    Obama actually put action behind his pre-campaign and ongoing apology of America. It explains Obama’s allowing Afganistan’s terrorism’s overnight growth. and a greater threater of the complexity for our soldiers. The expansion of the moderate’s growth, post- Obama election, now makes the enemy much more difficult for out troops to identify. Also, another good reason for to not outlaw large clips, is eyesight getting worse.

    Insurgent RPG attack fails miserably. Our soldiers having to think fast.


  6. catie says:

    For the first time in my life, I am scared to death for our country and I am no longer proud of it the way I was on January 9, 2009.

  7. pdsand says:

    I can just imagine a campaign ad…warm smiling, all-knowing Obama, ‘In the Obama era, we DO negotiate with terrorists! Then a big thumbs up.

  8. neocon mom says:

    Is it really so surprising since he bypassed our ally Britain and negotiated directly for the release of the Uighurs with Bermuda? (Would be like negotiating such a consequential decision with Guam or Puerto Rico and ignoring the U.S. authorities.)

    This news comes on the heels of the proclamation that we aren’t fighting for victory in Afghanistan. Do we need to wait for more proof that this guy is the Manchurian Candidate?

  9. canary says:

    catie, I feel the same. Obama has humiliated us. Just his apologizing and blaming America for everything, and the terrorists can call him names and he still invites them for hotdogs, and gropes and hugs them. The world is laughing.

  10. sheehanjihad says:

    Fortunately, while the world is laughing, they arent paying attention to those of us who arent. They will rue the day when they discover that this current debacle was only temporary, and suffer the consequences of the biggest mistake socialists and leftists make: they begin to believe themselves.

  11. studmuffin says:

    I love how accurate the “representations” of the US flag are. Wrong number of stars, wrong number of stripes, wrong location for the blue field…is it any wonder they don’t have indoor plumbing?

  12. Steve says:

    An update from the Associated Press:

    Iraq investigates alleged US-insurgent talks


    BAGHDAD — Iraq said Friday it was investigating reports that U.S. delegates and Sunni insurgents held reconciliation talks in Turkey this year, alleging the meetings violated Iraqi sovereignty and showed tolerance for terrorists.

    In Washington, the State Department acknowledged that unspecified meetings took place, but said Iraq knew about them at the time. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said she had assured visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the Iraqi government would be informed of any such meetings.

    “We intend to make sure the Iraqi government is fully informed of any such activities, whether they are sponsored by another party or come from any other source,” Clinton told a joint news conference with al-Maliki after they met at the State Department. “We want to be sure that we have a close working relationship and we have a very clear line of communication.”

    The prime minister said he was satisfied with the assurance.

    “I have been given a commitment that the administration will not negotiate or reach any agreements with those who killed American soldiers, Iraqi soldiers and Iraqi people,” he said.

    Still, the matter raised sensitive questions about Iraqis’ newfound authority as the United States hands over responsibility to Iraqi forces, which have taken charge of security in cities since June 30. The revelations came as al-Maliki ended a visit to the United States after meeting President Barack Obama on Wednesday.

    Although the meetings in Turkey are said to have occurred months ago, news reports about an agreement supposedly signed by the American and insurgent sides have angered Iraqis who are struggling to assert their independence after years of conflict.

    Clinton denied any agreement had been reached. “We have not authorized anything to be signed,” she said.

    A man identified as the secretary-general of the Political Council of the Iraqi Resistance told Al-Jazeera TV last week that his group held talks with U.S. officials in March and in May. He said the two sides signed a “protocol to organize the negotiation process and a document that included U.S. recognition of the Iraqi resistance.”

    The man, Ali al-Jubouri, said the group’s other demands included a formal U.S. apology for the 2003 invasion and the release of all Iraqi prisoners, but that the talks had since broken down…


    So it’s official. Neither of the geniuses Barack Obama or Hillary Clinton bothered to notifed Iraq about these negotiations.

    Imagine the howls of outrage from our watchdog media if this had happened under the incompetent George Bush.

  13. wirenut says:

    I would hate to think its like a “drunkennedy/rockufeller”, tell your enemies what we are about to do plan. Is this the best that we can get in leadership? Good Lord. Terrorists are like cigarettes, smoke a “pack” a day and put the ashes in the garbage.

  14. Rusty Shackleford says:

    “Hillary Rodham Clinton said she had assured visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki that the Iraqi government would be informed of any such meetings”

    —And why should I ever have reason to doubt her?

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