Iraq Could Win the Election —for McCain

GOP candidate should focus on rapidly improving war
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 13, 2008 10:19 AM CDT
John McCain stops for a group photo with his C-130 crew from the 317th Airlift Group, March, 17, 2008.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Conventional wisdom has it that supporting the Iraq war is a major weakness for John McCain, but conventional wisdom is wrong, writes Charles Krauthammer in the Washington Post. In his victory speech, Barack Obama said it was “time for Iraqis to take responsibility for their own future,” but as the Basra and Mosul offenses proved, that’s already happening, he writes, spelling out a list of recent successes.

"The disconnect between what Democrats are saying about Iraq and what is actually happening there has reached grotesque proportions," Krauthammer writes. "Even the most expansive American objective—establishing a representative government that is an ally against jihadists, both Sunni and Shiite—is within sight." Obama's policy would forfeit all the current progress. "If McCain cannot take to the American people the case for the folly of that policy, he will not be president. Nor should he be."