Michael Barone notes an NRO piece about Barack Obama's shifting position on Iraq:

It has been documented in National Review Online by Peter Wehner that Barack Obama, far from always taking the same position on the war in Iraq, has in fact taken different positions at different times—don't go in, stay in, get out, roughly in order.

Now, Obama shifting his positions around is nothing new. Today it was public funding. Earlier in the week, he was slippery about Iraq. A couple of weeks ago, he slips and slides around on Jerusalem. But Barone continues with a hard allegation via Belmont Club blogger Richard Fernandez writing at Pajamas Media:

Now comes Belmont Club blogger Richard Fernandez with a Pajamas Media blog post suggesting, though not quite charging, that Obama's changes in position were prompted by concern for his longtime patron and friend Tony Rezko, who sought a contract to build a $150 million power plant in Iraqi Kurdistan with some help from a couple of Chicago-based Iraqi-Americans.

Barone says that the question is "worth the attention of investigative journalists." I concur.

Earlier this week, Obama's campaign defended his misstep on Jerusalem on the grounds that he just wasn't that familiar with the debate. Could it be that Obama's well-connected political mentor and long-time trusted friend shared his perspective on the issue. And Obama found Rezko's insights compelling? After all, Syrian born Rezko had many friends in the region like Nadhmi Auchi, who Obama does not remember meeting, even though 2 witnesses place him at a dinner in Auchi's honor.

Sounds like a serious question. Someone should ask it.

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