Barack Obama went to Iraq and interfered with the diplomatic efforts of the elected United States government, in a war zone no less, by telling the Iraqis to stop negotiating with the President.Quite a serious charge, yes? Predictably, the usual inseparable pack of credulous right-wing blowhards picked up and ran with the claim, which originated in the lubricious pages of the New York Post.
In fact, among the cast of characters who put it to use was John McCain's own senior foreign policy adviser, Randy Scheunemann.
There's only one little problem: Except for the first five words, it's utterly and demonstrably false.
ABC's Jake Tapper sorts it out here, and asks
why the McCain campaign was so willing to give credence to such a questionable story with such tremendous international implications without first talking to Republicans present at Obama’s meeting with [Iraqi P.M. Nouri] al-Maliki, who back Obama’s version of the meeting and completely dismiss the Post column as untrue.That's a damn good question.