Obama’s world tour visits Iraq (Update)

Obama has made it to Iraq during his world tour and news has been coming out on a daily basis.

Report on the latest from Yahoo News:

BAGHDAD – Face to face with Iraq’s leaders, Barack Obama gained fresh support Monday for the idea of pulling all U.S. combat forces out of the war zone by 2010. But the Iraqis stopped short of actual timetables or endorsement of Obama’s pledge to withdraw American troops within 16 months if he wins the presidency.

The Democratic presidential contender also got a military briefing — and a helicopter tour — from the top U.S. commander in the region, Gen. David Petraeus, and he met with a few of the nearly 150,000 U.S. troops now well into the war’s sixth year.

Back in the U.S., Republican rival John McCain said he hoped Obama’s visit would open his eyes to the danger of withdrawal timetables. Said the Arizona senator, who was meeting with President Bush’s father, the former president, in Maine: “When you win wars, troops come home.” He said of Obama: “He’s been completely wrong on the issue.”

In Washington, the White House expressed displeasure with recent public comments by Iraqi leaders on the withdrawal question and suggested they might have the U.S. election on their minds.

As Obama visited Iraq for the first time in more than two years, comments Monday by the nation’s government spokesman roughly mirrored the Illinois senator’s withdrawal schedule and offered a glimpse of Iraq’s growing confidence as violence drops and Iraqi security forces expand their roles.

“We are hoping that in 2010 that combat troops will withdraw from Iraq,” spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said after Obama met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki — who has struggled for days to clarify Iraq’s position on a possible timetable for a U.S. troop pullout.

Iraq’s Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, said after meeting Obama that Iraqi leaders share “a common interest … to schedule the withdrawal of American troops.”

Video report from ABC News:

So far this tour has certainly helped Obama on the foreign policy side of things.

Update

The Washington Post is reporting that McCain will make an unscheduled visit to Louisiana to meet with Bobby Jindal, here’s the story:

John McCain will huddle with vice presidential aspirant Bobby Jindal during a trip to New Orleans later this week, sources close to the campaign confirm to The Fix.
VP Watch

McCain’s trip to Louisiana on Wednesday was the cause of much head scratching in the political world as it was not in keeping with a week of planned stops in battleground states.

But, the meeting with Jindal, who has been the state’s governor since 2007, suggests that McCain himself is deeply engaged in the process of picking his second-in-command and that the youthful Jindal is under serious consideration.

Jindal, at 37, is widely regarded within the Republican party nationally as one of its rising stars and has been touted as the best choice for vice president by a variety of party luminaries ranging from former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (Ga.) to talk radio celebrity Rush Limbaugh.

Jindal could prove to be a little better than Romney considering he’d bring in the youthful appeal and the staunch conservative credentials, of which McCain is sorely lacking both.

Nothing concrete, more this week as it develops.

  • Grey

    Bobby Jindal, huh? That would be interesting. It would offer an even greater side of complexity to the race, and he might be able to counter Obama’s charisma and ethnic edge.

    A 37 year old Indian Roman Catholic as a VP running mate… what a high octane election.

  • Babs

    Yeah, as I said in another thread, I just saw Jindal in action for the first time yesterday, and was sorely impressed. He’s so quick on his feet, MSNBC didn’t know what hit them. I like him. And I like his conservative views. My sister lives in La. (37 years, married to a hometown cajun), they really like him and say he’s the best they’ve seen for the state ever. Guess we’ll stay tuned. 😉

    On Obama’s trip, we may be seeing the first of screwups by his team, this out this morning over his speech in Germany:

    “It is not going to be a political speech,” said a senior foreign policy adviser, who spoke to reporters on background. “When the president of the United States goes and gives a speech, it is not a political speech or a political rally.”

    That answer prompted a reporter to remind the adviser: “But he is not president of the United States.”

    “It will not be a speech about campaign issues,” an adviser said. “He’s not going to address campaign issues in terms of other candidates, it is not a speech about American politics, and so it’s not a campaign event. We’re not trying to recruit support from the crowds that are coming. It’s not a campaign event.

    “The point of the outdoor rally is that the senator wants to speak directly to our allies and to the people of Europe and the people of the world and it would be inconsistent to do that and try to limit the attendance for that event. There’s a great deal of interest in his visit. We want to accommodate that interest.”

  • nzpudding

    I like Jindal but think it would be a mistake for him to be McCain’s VP. Give it a few more years and I’d like to see him running for President on his own merits and not be attached to a GOP campaign that’s in Bush’s shadow.

  • ANYBODY BUT BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA

    WE NEED TO REPLACE ALL DEMS IN CONGRESS.

    OBAMA WAS “SELECTED” BY THE DNC AND BIASED MEDIA — HE WAS NOT “ELECTED” BY THE PEOPLE.

    OBAMA CANCELS VISIT TO MILITARY HOSPITAL

    The Junior Senator Barack Hussein Obama scrapped plans to visit wounded members of the armed forces in Germany as part of his overseas trip.

    REASON #1 – Obama spokesman said the decision was made because the Democratic presidential candidate thought it would be inappropriate on a CAMPAIGN-FUNDED journey.

    REASON #2 – AFTER THE HOSPITAL CLEARED UP THE REASON #1 — TELLING OBAMA HE COULD NOT TAKE HIS CAMPAIGN STAFF AND MEDIA ENTOURAGE WITH HIM — AND SINCE HE COULD NOT MAKE IT A PHOTO-OP — BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA DECIDED NOT TO GO VISIT OUR WOUNDED TROOPS!

    HE CARES MORE ABOUT “CAMPAIGNING” THAN ABOUT OUR TROOPS WHO ARE SERVING OUR COUNTRY.

    OBAMA WILL DO ANYTHING TO WIN THE ELECTION — EVEN LOSE THE WAR! THIS MAN CANNOT BE TRUSTED!

    “Barack Obama is wrong. It is never inappropriate to visit our men and women in the military,” said Brian Rogers, a spokesman for the Republican contender.

    HE’LL SPEND MILLIONS TO TALK TO EUROPEANS — BUT HE WON’T LET US ASK HIM AND McCAIN QUESTIONS IN AN “AMERICAN” TOWN HALL MEETING???

    I’M VOTING FOR JOHN McCAIN IN 2008.

  • nzpudding

    There’s got to be some sort of rule for abusing CAPS LOCK. Also there should be some sort of rule not allowing far right and far left loons the use of a computer.