Iraq: McCain loses. Obama wins!

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Courtesy Reuters, Obama - al-MalikiDuring Obama's discussion with the Sunni Vice President, and Iraq's Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, they did not discuss Obama's plans for withdrawal. However, after their meetings in press conferences, both of the Iraqi leaders said in unequivocal terms, we want the U.S. troops out by the end of 2010. Which happens to be, 16 months after our next president takes office, and when Barack Obama said we needed to be out of Iraq.

The Iraqi leadership made it as clear as they could without endorsing one of our presidential candidates, that Obama has the right plan for Iraq, and McCain's view of perpetual occupation in Iraq is not what Iraqis will accept. In 2007, Pres. Bush said if the Iraqi's tell us to leave, we will leave. They have now told the world they want us to leave. The White House's initial response was to claim the translation was bad. But, it wasn't. Numerous news agencies have confirmed there was no misinterpretation of what the Iraqi leaders said to the press along side Obama.

Despite the Iraqi and our President's agreement last week to a 'time horizon' for our troops withdrawal, McCain has said many times that maintaining a military presence in Iraq is vital to our national interests likening the prospect to our troops stationed in Japan and Germany. And there's the rub. Thanks to our military's training of Iraqi soldiers and police, Iraq is increasingly feeling they can take care of their own security soon. As Reuter's reports, both V.P. Dabbagh (Sunni) and Prime Minister al-Maliki, have the same hope for pulling American troops out as Obama's plan.

But, Obama is not running for office in Iraq. So, why is this story important? It is important for a far more fundamental reason than the question of who is championed by the Iraqi government. America's entire energy future depends on whether Obama or McCain is elected, and tied directly to their positions on Iraq. Here are the connections.

There are many nations in the world governed by the likes of Saddam Hussein, and we are not contemplating invading them. Iraq was strategically important for its oil, as well as its neighbor's oil in Iran. The invasion of Iraq instead of other nations was made on the basis of oil. Which means that this administration contemplated securing America's future dependence upon foreign oil as a central motivation in invading Iraq.

Sen. McCain, though he will not say so directly, has the same view. Iraq is only strategically important for its oil region location. And McCain intends as he has said, to maintain a military presence in Iraq for as many as 100 years. Which in turn, means McCain believes we must secure our future on the basis of oil and fossil fuel imports.

Sen. Obama's is dramatically different. His focus on a renewable and alternative non-fossil fuel future does not require a military presence in the Middle East to secure oil flow for the rest of this century. Therefore, it is consistent with his world and future view to pull out of Iraq when the Iraqis are capable of defending themselves.

In a very real sense, the difference between McCain's and Obama's views of our future on the issue of Iraq and oil dependence couldn't be more clear. Obama will move America toward energy independence upon foreign oil imports. McCain will use our military to secure our access to Middle Eastern oil for the rest of this century, eliminating the need to sacrifice for a cheaper and independent energy future.

If the American people were to make their choice of President in November on the basis of Iraq and our energy future in light of this information, it seems clear Obama would win, and McCain would lose.

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This page contains a single entry by David R. Remer published on July 21, 2008 5:01 PM.

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