The presumptive Democratic nominee for President is making his first trip to Iraq in almost 3 years and the big question is whether Mr. I-Was-Against-The-War-From-The-Start have a change of heart once he sees that the surge is working or that Iraq has now met most of its benchmarks? Charles Krauthammer predicts he will:
If Obama thinks the loons in his base are mad at him now, wait till he hears all the cries of betrayal once he gets back with a different stance on the war. You just know that some of them will be whining even louder for Billary to get back in this thing too. "Change"? Why he's just your typical politician.
Obama's seasonally adjusted principles are beginning to pile up: NAFTA, campaign finance reform, warrantless wiretaps, flag pins, gun control. What's left?
Iraq. The reversal is coming, and soon.
Two weeks ago, I predicted that by Election Day Obama will have erased all meaningful differences with McCain on withdrawal from Iraq. I underestimated Obama's cynicism. He will make the move much sooner. He will use his upcoming Iraq trip to acknowledge the remarkable improvements on the ground and to abandon his primary season commitment to a fixed 16-month timetable for removal of all combat troops.The shift has already begun. Thursday, he said that his "original position" on withdrawal has always been that "we've got to make sure that our troops are safe and that Iraq is stable." And that "when I go to Iraq ... I'll have more information and will continue to refine my policies."