Whether by chance or by design, Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki of Iraq chose a day when Mr. Obama was in the country to provide its clearest statement yet about its views on the withdrawal of American troops. After a weekend of dispute about precisely what Mr. Maliki was suggesting, his spokesman, Ali al-Dabbagh, told reporters in Baghdad, “We cannot give any timetables or dates, but the Iraqi government believes the end of 2010 is the appropriate time for the withdrawal.”
-- New York Times
Unfortunately for John McCain, he is left with the position of saying that we should keep our troops in a sovereign country longer than their elected government wants them to be there.
What stinks for McCain is that Iraqi elections are going to be held relatively shortly after the US elections, and al-Maliki is clearly throwing red meat to the electorate who wants the US out of their country. Not to mention the fact that the Iraqi congress has sent a non-binding letter to al-Maliki demaning that the US withdraw from Iraq.
I'm telling you, if Obama loses this election, the Democrats need to get into another line of work. It's not looking possible for them to screw it up this perfect environment... but I have to remind myself that these are the Democrats we are talking about...