Well, it turns out that this trip of Obama's is working more and more in his own favor. Each meeting he's had thus far (first in Afghanistan, now in Iraq) reconfirms that Obama has the right ideas.
From an article entitled "Iraqi leader meets Obama, calls for U.S. troops out by end of 2010" we learn:
After talks with Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama on Monday, Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al Maliki reaffirmed that Iraq wants U.S. combat troops to withdraw from Iraq by the end of 2010, a few months later than Obama had proposed.Perhaps Obama really is the leader with the right judgment?
Ali Dabbagh, the prime minister's spokesman, said Maliki and Obama didn't discuss specifics during the hour-long meeting. But he said the Iraqi government would like to see all American combat troops out of the country by the end of 2010, a bit later than Obama's proposal to draw down all combat brigades within 16 months after he'd become president.
"Barak Obama showed his support to this government," Dabbagh said. "He came to listen to our views and the views of the prime minister. And the prime minister gave him his point of view about the presence of U.S. forces and . . . what we want from the forces."
"We had a very constructive discussion," Obama said upon leaving the meeting at the prime minister's private residence in Baghdad's fortified Green Zone.
PS. I promise I'll post something non-political later today!