"Foreign policy took center stage [Tuesday] as Barack Obama delivered a major speech in which he reiterated his promise to retreat from Iraq as quickly as possible in order to send reinforcements to Afghanistan. Since securing the Democrat nomination, Obama has tried to soften some of the rough edges of many of his radical positions, including Iraq. But after pivoting ever so slightly to the right by suggesting he might “refine” his position on Iraq after meeting with commanders on the ground and seeing the success of the surge himself, the leftwing blogosphere and his major donors at the anti-war group MoveOn.org exploded in fits of rage. As a result, Obama lurched back to the left yesterday and resorted to his old “cut and run” rhetoric.
Believe it or not, today’s Washington Post slammed Obama’s Iraq stance in a harsh editorial that exposed Obama’s naïve understanding of the war and the issues at stake. Here’s one excerpt: “The message that the Democrat sends is that he is ultimately indifferent to the war’s outcome -- that Iraq ‘distracts us from every threat we face’ and thus must be speedily evacuated regardless of the consequences. That’s an irrational and ahistorical way to view a country at the strategic center of the Middle East, with some of the world’s largest oil reserves. Whether or not the war was a mistake, Iraq’s future is a vital U.S. security interest.”
Senator McCain was quick to pounce on Obama’s defeatism, telling an audience in Albuquerque:
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