More time to blog about this next week, but in short Obama has begun the inevitable backtracking on an Iraq withdrawal timetable since (duh) suddenly realizing he doesn't have a clue about what is actually going on over there. He even called a 'mulligan' (do-over) news conference when he realized liberals all over America were stocking up on rotten tomatoes to hurl at him.
McCain said what millions of Americans have been saying for months (emphasis mine):
"Since announcing his campaign in 2007, the central premise of Barack Obama's candidacy was his commitment to begin withdrawing American troops from Iraq immediately. He campaigned in Iowa, New Hampshire and across the country reaffirming this pledge to the American people.
"Today, Barack Obama reversed that position proving once again that his words do not matter. He has now adopted John McCain's position that we cannot risk the progress we have made in Iraq by beginning to withdraw our troops immediately without concern for conditions on the ground. There is nothing wrong with changing your mind when the facts on the ground dictate it. Indeed, the facts have changed because of the success of the surge that John McCain advocated for years and Barack Obama opposed in a position that put politics ahead of country.
"Now that Barack Obama has changed course and proven his past positions to be just empty words, we would like to congratulate him for accepting John McCain's principled stand on this critical national security issue. If he had visited Iraq sooner or actually had a one-on-one meeting with General Petraeus, he would have changed his position long ago."
Pop quiz! Which guy do you want in charge: the one who has to re-do a press conference when public response is mixed, or the guy who smiled through the insults, willing to be unpopular to safeguard our troops and their mission?