like marc ambinder, i am curious to see how the mccain campaign deals with the fact that maliki endorsed obama's withdrawal plan.
their first crack at it is that maliki's "domestic politics require him to be for us getting out." but that just begs the question why iraqi domestic politics could require maliki to take that position? that almost sounds like an admission that the vast majority of iraqis want a rapid u.s. withdrawal. and even if maliki is only taking that position for political reasons, is mccain now rejecting the bush administration's position that the u.s. is in iraq only at the invitation of its democratically elected government?