Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Goldfarb on Obama: Hoping for the Best

A good post from Michael in full,
Barack Obama today:
The Afghan people must know that our commitment to their future is enduring, because the security of Afghanistan and the United States is shared.
And what of the Iraqis? Why isn't it important for the Iraqis to know that our commitment to their future is enduring? Does Obama really think that Afghanistan is more geostrategically central to our interests than Iraq? Has he looked at a map recently?

On the subject of Iraq, Obama is focused on "ending" the war, apparently with little regard for the security of Iraq:

To achieve that success, I will give our military a new mission on my first day in office: ending this war. Let me be clear: we must be as careful getting out of Iraq as we were careless getting in. We can safely redeploy our combat brigades at a pace that would remove them in 16 months. That would be the summer of 2010 – one year after Iraqi Security Forces will be prepared to stand up; two years from now, and more than seven years after the war began. After this redeployment, we’ll keep a residual force to perform specific missions in Iraq: targeting any remnants of al Qaeda; protecting our service members and diplomats; and training and supporting Iraq’s Security Forces, so long as the Iraqis make political progress.
Planning for the most optimistic possible scenario--sound familiar to anyone? McCain is offering realism in place of the failed hyper-optimism of the early Bush administration. Obama sneers at McCain saying the Iraqis will greet us as liberators (which many are now doing, by the way). But he then assumes that his plan will work perfectly and all his assumptions are unquestionably sound--without even going there. Sounds like same-old, same-old.

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