So Obama wants to portray his opposition to the surge as part of a more comprehensive national security strategy. This might just be the start of that election defining Iraq debate that I had been anticipating. Seems even more likely if Obama's unwillingness to change the subject when getting bad press turns out to be a persistent character flaw. Ultimately, Obama is going to run up against the fact that McCain also has a broader national security plan, ie. the global war against Islamic extremism. Obama faces the unfortunate reality of being up against the legislator most responsible for the successful surge and he would do well to simply change the subject. That's all he has to do in fact, talk about the economy every single day. Otherwise, his perfectionism, which does not allow him to concede a single issue, will be his downfall.
One other question which I'm a bit too lazy to really get into, but what does Obama do if while withdrawing troops, things get worse? Does he stop withdrawing troops? In which case what is the difference between his plan and McCain's? Or does he continue withdrawing troops, in which case how is his plan responsible or anything other than snatching defeat from the jaws of victory?