USA Today finds Obama’s position on the surge to be inexplicable.
The great irony, of course, is that the success of the surge has made Obama’s plan to withdraw combat troops in 16 months far more plausible than when he proposed it. Another irony is that while Obama downplays the effectiveness of the surge in Iraq, he is urging a similar tactic now in Afghanistan.
In other words, Obama is for the surge at the same time he is against it.
UPDATE: Ray Robison sees another irony coming out of Obama’s trip to Iraq: The attention he has drawn to conditions there may work against him.
Many Americans genuinely did not know that we have essentially won in Iraq until now. They thought that Obama was delivering the straight truth to them on Iraq. But now they know he was being less than candid. The Independents and conservative Democrats now might see that he was not telling them the truth.