If the national media accurately reports the Nuri al-Maliki statements backing Senator Barack Obama’s 16-month timeline for American troop withdrawals from Iraq in full and in context, this presidential election is over. Barack Obama will be the next president as the main pillar of the McCain campaign, national security cred based on experience, collapses.
The cool, calm, thoughtful academician will have bested the volatile, intemperate, ill-informed neo-con military man. The country will have chosen a John Kennedy over a Curtis LeMay, former head of the Air Force, perhaps remembering JFK’s famous explanation: “IF you have to go, you want LeMay in the lead bomber. But you never want LeMay deciding whether or not you have to go."