He’d Rather Lose A War Than An Election

Tonight Barack Obama told ABC News that, knowing what we know now–that the surge in Iraq has been a success, that it has drastically reduced violence and given Iraq a shot at a bright future–he would still oppose it:

This was, I think, a moment of candor. To explain his seemingly-shocking response, Obama immediately referred to political considerations. Opposing the Bush administration’s policy on Iraq, even if that opposition turned out to be wrong, was a necessary ingredient in Obama’s securing the Democratic Presidential nomination. That being the case, how can Obama, a purely political animal, regret a decision that advanced his own career?

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