June 30, 2008

UNFORTUNATELY...:

Obama’s Iraq Problem (George Packer July 7, 2008, The New Yorker)

In February, 2007, when Barack Obama declared that he was running for President, violence in Iraq had reached apocalyptic levels, and he based his candidacy, in part, on a bold promise to begin a rapid withdrawal of American forces upon taking office. At the time, this pledge represented conventional thinking among Democrats and was guaranteed to play well with primary voters. But in the year and a half since then two improbable, though not unforeseeable, events have occurred: Obama has won the Democratic nomination, and Iraq, despite myriad crises, has begun to stabilize. With the general election four months away, Obama’s rhetoric on the topic now seems outdated and out of touch, and the nominee-apparent may have a political problem concerning the very issue that did so much to bring him this far.

...Mr. Packer confuses his own panic over Iraq for an "apocalypse" in fact.

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 30, 2008 2:49 PM

Fortunately, as his advisers made clear at the time, he was lying when he promised an immediate withdrawal.

Posted by: Ibid at June 30, 2008 3:55 PM
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