Mac: Maliki's 'Pretty Good Timetable' Beats Obama's

Blogosphere up in arms at candidate's parsing of Iraq plans—both for 16 months
By Jonas Oransky,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 25, 2008 5:00 PM CDT
Republican presidential candidate, Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., right, talks with reporters during a news conference with the Dalai Lama.   (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
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(Newser) – In an interview with CNN today, John McCain called Nouri al-Maliki’s troop withdrawal plan a “pretty good timetable”—leading Josh Marshall, on Talking Points Memo, to call foul. So “Barack Obama's 16 month timetable is a catastrophe,” Marshall says, the difference being that the Iraqi prime minister’s “is based on conditions on the ground and Obama's isn't—even though they're both 16 months.”

Marshall’s colleague Greg Sargent draws attention to Mac’s claim in the same interview, that he doesn’t impugn his rival’s patriotism by saying Obama would rather lose a war than a campaign: “I’m sure that he's a very patriotic American. I question his judgment.” OK, Sargent quips, “He wasn't accusing Obama of being unpatriotic. He was accusing him of treason.”