Last night I passed along the prescription of “first in his class” politician Barack Obama for dealing with Iraq. Borrowing catch-phrases from virtually every “expert,” Obama proposed
a flexible timetable for withdrawal linked to conditions on the ground in Iraq and based on the advice of U.S. commanders. He also called for intensified efforts to train Iraqi security forces, U.S. aid packages tied to Iraqi progress in reducing sectarian violence and new diplomacy with Syria and Iran.
I awarded Obama straight A’s for his mimicry and promised the same to anyone who could figure out what his prescription actually means in practice.
In response a reader writes: “I want my straight A’s, since I have figured out what Obama’s cover-the-map remarks on Iraq mean ‘in practice’ — they mean defeat.”