This Would Differ from the Bush Position ...


OBAMA: Maliki recognizes that they're going to need our help for some time to come, as our commanders insist, but that the help is of the sort that is consistent with the kind of phased withdrawal that I have promoted. We're going to have to provide them with logistical support, intelligence support. We're going to have to have a very capable counterterrorism strike force. We're going to have to continue to train their Army and police to make them more effective.

NEWSWEEK: You've been talking about those limited missions for a long time. Having gone there and talked to both diplomatic and military folks, do you have a clearer idea of how big a force you'd need to leave behind to fulfill all those functions?

OBAMA: I do think that's entirely conditions-based. It's hard to anticipate where we may be six months from now, or a year from now, or a year and a half from now.

Again, why were we put through two years of defeatism only to get to this?

Either Obama's mere presence in Iraq turned everything around, or (gasp) he actually learned something on his trip (like the Surge worked).

I can only think of the hundreds of people who died at the hands of terrorists who were encouraged by Democrats who howled for withdrawal each time a car exploded in a market in Iraq.