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May 27, 2008

McCain To ObamassiahÖLetís Road Trip To Iraq

A pretty clever ploy by Maverick. Not game changing but clever nonetheless

Republican John McCain on Monday sharply criticized Democratic rival Barack Obama for not having been to Iraq since 2006, and said they should visit the war zone together.

"Look at what happened in the last two years since Senator Obama visited and declared the war lost," the GOP presidential nominee-in-waiting told The Associated Press in an interview, noting that the Illinois senator's last trip to Iraq came before the military buildup that is credited with curbing violence.

"He really has no experience or knowledge or judgment about the issue of Iraq and he has wanted to surrender for a long time," the Arizona senator added. "If there was any other issue before the American people, and you hadn't had anything to do with it in a couple of years, I think the American people would judge that very harshly."

McCain needs this election to be about Iraq and security and whether or not Obama takes him up on it, this is a good way to get some well deserved attention for the progress thatís being made there.

What can Obama do? If he goes, he changes the issue from bugging out to the progress being made. All his talk about withdrawing while the facts show we may be on the cusp of victory isnít going to play well with those bitter, gun clinging people he needs so badly.

If he doesnít go, what happens to his ĎI am the only one who can unite the worldí talk? Heís willing to go talk to every tin pot thug in the world but not American troops? Yeah, thatís a winning plan.

What about Obama's bi-partisan happy talk? Well, itís mostly just that, talk. McCain, for better or worse does have an actual record of working with Democrats. If thatís your kind of thing and lots of people say it is (in theory anyway), then McCain is your guy.

Either way, Obama should go to Iraq (He hasnít been there in two years? Things have changed). I doubt the reality of the situation will matter to him but he should be forced to deal with the reality of the situation.


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