Thursday, March 20, 2008

What Do You Do with a Country Like Iraq?

We've recently been treated to news coverage about a verbal gaffe that McCain made when discussing Iran's support for certain elements within Iraq. This whole thing is a continuation of the Silly Season. Of course McCain knows who Iran is supporting in Iraq. Unfortunately, we are probably doomed to hear candidates ridiculing each others' jetlag-induced verbal slips.

Unfortunately, the whole controversy is papering over a much more important question that McCain has to answer: Why he supported the invasion in the first place.

Hillary's answer is that Bush tricked her into it, which is not flattering, but is probably believable. (On the other hand, I would feel more comfortable if she had read the intelligence estimate first. Haven't we had enough of presidents who can't be bothered to do their own homework?)

One of the pressing questions about McCain is how he would deal with countries that we don't like much--like Iran. A clear exposition of his thought process in the runup to the Iraq invasion would cast a light on that question.