First of all, I’ll join Nathaniel in calling attention to the massive, but forgotten story of Prime Minister al-Maliki’s endorsement of Sen. Obama’s Iraq plan. Like Nathaniel, it’s only in blogs and opinion journals that I find an admission of how earth-shaking this announcement is. This ought to be the one and only domestic story in any serious journalistic outlet. Instead, it’s easier to find Joe Lieberman’s Sharptonesque rhymes (“chose to lose” “retreat and defeat”) on CNN. Â If the US ignores (as it surely will under a President McCain) the expressed wishes of a democratic government that our troops end the occupation of their territory, the entire premise of the Iraq War will come tumbling down. We will prove that we have not created an independent democracy and that, regardless of our intentions at the war’s outset, we have instead devolved into old-fashioned imperialism and colonialism despite the Kiplingesque justifications we will doubtless hear.
From the serious, we turn to the seriously hilarious. The fact that John McCain v.08′s (like Vista there must be some way to differentiate this wreck from its more palatable predecessor) policies on Iraq, and indeed pretty much everything else, are nothing more than a jumble of recycled right-wing platitudes is not a surprise.Â What is a surprise, is that at long last someone has called him out on it.Â The New York Times published an op-ed from Barack Obama last weekend.Â When McCain responded with this piece, the Times editor told him
“However, I’m not going to be able to accept this piece as currently
I’d be pleased, though, to look at another draft.
Let me suggest an approach.
The Obama piece worked for me because it offered new information (it
appeared before his speech); while Senator Obama discussed Senator McCain,
he also went into detail about his own plans.
It would be terrific to have an article from Senator McCain that mirrors
Senator Obama’s piece. To that end, the article would have to articulate,
in concrete terms, how Senator McCain defines victory in Iraq. It would
also have to lay out a clear plan for achieving victory â€” with troops
levels, timetables and measures for compelling the Iraqis to cooperate. And
it would need to describe the Senator’s Afghanistan strategy, spelling out
how it meshes with his Iraq plan.”
Substance?Â They want substance?Â How dare they?