Strategy ’08

Obama vs. the other guy, 2008

Right on the war, right on the peace

Is there any real way to measure how badly the McCain camp is hurting right now on the Iraq front? The Post and Times today are leading with images like this:

And they’re carrying headlines like:

Obama Makes War Gains
Maliki’s Embrace of Withdrawal Timeline Confounds McCain


From The Times (whose headline “For Obama, a First Step Is Not a Misstep” calls into question once again the motives of the editorial staff) the message was still grim for John McCain:

The Iraqi government on Monday left little doubt that it favors a withdrawal plan for American combat troops similar to what Senator Barack Obama has proposed, providing Mr. Obama with a potentially powerful political boost on a day he spent in Iraq working to fortify his credibility as a wartime leader.

After a day spent meeting Iraqi leaders and American military commanders, Mr. Obama seemed to have navigated one of the riskiest parts of a weeklong international trip without a noticeable hitch and to have gained a new opportunity to blunt attacks on his national security credentials by his Republican rival in the presidential race, Senator John McCain.

The Post made clear that McCain, seeing the only issue where he might have even the slightest advantage over Obama, is foaming like a rabid squirrel trapped in a corner.

McCain, campaigning in Maine, was blistering in his criticism of Obama on Monday. He said his rival has been “completely wrong” on Iraq and “has no military experience whatsoever,” and argued again that any withdrawal from Iraq must be based on conditions on the ground.

The Republican’s campaign advisers noted that he has also embraced a withdrawal timetable for Iraq…

You can say that a thousand times, Senator McSame, and it will never be true.

Barack Obama was right on the war from the very beginning.

And now the world is confirming that he is right on the peace.

And no amount of bullying, bluster, or bullshit from John McCain is going to change those two essential facts. Particularly when he keeps botching countries, leaders, and his own personal history.

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July 22, 2008 - Posted by | Iraq, Media Strategy |

1 Comment »

  1. The press is doing its best to rescue McCain, and I promise you the new topic it will focus on is “Was Obama wrong about the surge?” Ignoring, of course, that McCain was wrong about the war to begin with.

    Comment by dansac | July 22, 2008 | Reply


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