Times opines from on high about Obama's quick stop in Iraq.
Lame-ass analysis from Richard A. Oppel Jr. and Jeff Zeleny in this morning's New York Times: "For Obama, a First Step Is Not a Misstep."
For one thing, what Obama's doing right now — stepping into the Arab/Jew quagmire in Jerusalem — is a hell of a lot riskier, both personally and politically.
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And this analysis gives us the less-than-startling news that the Iraqi government, which is after all a puppet regime practically installed by the U.S., wants us out.
Yes, it's true that the current Iraqi regime is a little like Cliff Robertson's rebellious puppet in the classic Twilight Zone episode "The Dummy."
But as long as the thousands upon thousands of U.S. troops occupy Vietraq, the Nouri Maliki government will at least publicly protest our seemingly permanent presence. As long as we're there, Maliki's government is nowhere, as far as many Iraqis are concerned.
More pompous windbaggery from the Times story:
"Suddenly aligned"? Any call by any candidate for withdrawal will get the public OK from Maliki's regime so it can finally try to cut its strings to the U.S. Of course, once we leave, Maliki's regime will collapse. But that's another story.
If this feeble analysis is what the Times is serving up, it should let McCain's staff run that op-ed piece.
In other news: Jesse Helms is still dead.
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