“U.S. presidential candidate Barack Obama talks about 16 months. That, we think, would be the right timeframe for a withdrawal, with the possibility of slight changes.
John McCain is suddenly is a very tough position. In the campaign thus far he has taken two positions on Iraq. One, that a timeline such as that proposed by Barack Obama would be “setting a date certain for surrender,” and secondly, that if the Iraqi’s ask us to leave we will. Now, McCain is in the impossible position of having to either admit that he envisions the US in Iraq as a long-term, imperial force, staying on in defiance of the local population and sovereign government of Iraq, or embracing the withdrawal timeline that Obama layed out 18 months ago, at the beginning of the campaign, a postion that McCain has characterized as “wanting to lose.”