The claim by New York Post columnist Amir Taheri that Barack Obama requested a delayed withdrawal from Iraq has been attacked from both sides of politics. The Obsidian Wings blog delves into the claims hastily exploited by John McCain and explores how they surfaced.

Writing for the Obsidian Wings blog, Eric Martin talks about the ugly reality of political opportunism and unfounded reporting:

“The source’s statements do not actually corroborate the charges leveled against Obama by Taheri, the chronology and geography that Taheri associates with Obama’s alleged statements defy the space-time continuum and, oh yeah, members from both parties that were in attendance at the meeting in question, as well as the Bush administration, back Obama and contradict Taheri.”

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