After run, he says we could always return.
Here’s how a N. Y. Post editorial explains what Senator Obama has been saying about his plans for Iraq should he become President:
Barack Obama says he's got the perfect prescription for Iraq: Pull out all American troops now, but then rush back in once al Qaeda overruns the place - which, of course, it would after a US cut-and-run.How did Obama convince himself that cut & run now and maybe return at some future date is the best policy for America?
Actually, Obama didn't really promise to confront a resurgent al Qaeda - only that he "would always reserve the right to go in and strike" if "al Qaeda is forming a base in Iraq."
John McCain rightly noted just how nonsensical that position is - by pointing out to Obama that "al Qaeda already is in Iraq."
To which Obama replied: "There was no such thing as al Qaeda in Iraq until George Bush and John McCain decided to invade Iraq."
Just as it's true that there used to be two tall office buildings in downtown Manhattan until al Qaeda in Afghanistan - that is to say, radical Islam - decided to knock them down, initiating a global war that has taken many unpredictable turns since then.
As it will continue to do, no matter who is elected president in November. …
As Gen. Ricardo Sanchez has noted, Iraq "is exactly where we want to fight [al Qaeda]," because "this will prevent the American people from having to go through their attacks back in the United States."
And as McCain said last week, "If we do what Sen. Clinton and Sen. Obama want - which is declare a date for withdrawal - then al Qaeda will tell the world that they defeated the United States of America and we will be fighting again in that region and in the rest of the world and they will follow us home."
Which is why, as the presumptive GOP nominee added, "it should be Gen. Petraeus' recommendation, not that of a politician running for higher office, as to when and how we withdraw."
McCain, in other words, gets it.
Obama, to put it plainly, doesn't.
But we're sure MoveOn supports him anyway.
His position on Iraq worrries me.
And, yes, I know it’s very similar to what Speaker Pelosi, Rev. Jesse Jackson, and MoveOn all advocate.
That worries me, too.
The entire editorial's here.