David Kirkpatrick

July 20, 2008

Iraq and the presidential race

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 4:08 pm

This is an interesting posttitled, “Who Cares What the Iraqis Think.” The gist is the Iraq public wants the US out as soon as possible and McCain has been advocating a possibly permanent US military presence in the country. This post from Daniel Larison is response to Maliki’s endorsement of Obama in an interview to der Spiegel.

From the link:

The McCain campaign seems to think that talking about the “surge” is the answer to all problems.  This is what I am wondering: outside of the bubble of elite commentary, does a candidate’s position on the “surge” matter very much?  McCain has to believe that it does, and he has been riding this one-trick pony of a campaign theme for at least the last eight months.  If I were working for Obama, I would advise driving home how dishonestly McCain represented Romney’s position on the ”surge” as a call for surrender.  This was a complete distortion, everyone knew that it was a complete distortion, many people called McCain on it, but his aura of invulnerability on questions of war made all of that irrelevant and he won the Florida primary–and propelled himself on to winning the nomination–anyway.  The Obama campaign could use this to make the argument that McCain believes that everyone who expresses reasonable doubt and skepticism about a Bush administration plan wants to surrender to Al Qaeda, which could go a long way towards revealing McCain as an unserious and fairly fanatical person. 

July 19, 2008

An endorsement from Iraq?

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — David Kirkpatrick @ 2:03 pm

The first place I saw this quote was the Daily Dish. Maliki is endorsing Obama, at least implicitly, by endorsing Obama’s view of a future Iraq.

From the link:

By Patrick Appel
“U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes,” – Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Update: Maybe I should have linked this Daily Dish post with something of a roundup of opinion on the subject.

Further update: I’m running a bit slow today and reading the Daily Dish from the bottom up. Maliki is clear his statement isn’t an endorsement, but he’s showing a great deal of more understanding democratic principles than the current US administration.

From the link:

Maliki: Those who operate on the premise of short time periods in Iraq today are being more realistic. Artificially prolonging the tenure of US troops in Iraq would cause problems. Of course, this is by no means an election endorsement. Who they choose as their president is the Americans’ business. But it’s the business of Iraqis to say what they want.