- Sep 6, 2000
With the news of the Iraqi PM approving of Obama's approach to remove American troops in an expedited fashion, I was thinking how this could be used to Baracks' advantage. In a sense, I think the best way would be to declare victory on Bush's behalf. It wouldn't require giving Bush credit, indeed he could cast him as universally clueless - Bush didn't recognize defeat earlier, accidentally stumbled into a winning strategy (the surge) and doesn't recognize victory now. This would provide a rationale for fulfilling his pledge to get troops out of Iraq, and in a fashion where McCain couldn't claim he was advocating for American defeat. Indeed, it would put McCain on the defensive as being the 'defeatist' if he advocated keeping troops there longer.