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July 25, 2008

More From Off the Deep End
Posted by Michael Cohen

Loyal DA readers, can you spot the contradiction:

John McCain, July 25th 2008, Columbus Dispatch:

Anyone, any rational observer who observes Iraq knows that the surge has succeeded.

John McCain, July 25th 2008, Columbus Dispatch:

I always said that we would be withdrawing when the surge succeeded, and that's basically what Maliki has said as well. Certainly the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and General Petraeus are highly regarded by the American people. They say that Sen. Obama's dates for withdrawal would be very dangerous and we could lose everything that we've won.

I'm really confused here. If the surge is succeeding and according to McCain no "rational observer" can deny this fact, why is Obama's plan dangerous? By McCain's own criteria of success we should be withdrawing from Iraq.

Could it be that while the surge has improved the security situation it hasn't led to sustainable political and security improvements, which is of course precisely Obama's argument? Now it is a more than defensible argument to say that we should stay in Iraq to ensure that the recent security gains translate into tangible political gains (and of course Obama takes the opposite position, which is that Iraqi leaders won't carry out comprehensive political reforms until American troops begin to leave).

But that's not McCain's argument; he is saying that Obama can't be trusted -- and is playing politics -- because he refuses to acknowledge the success of the surge. But which one is it Senator; if the surge has succeeded why aren't we leaving Iraq?


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