By Patrick Appel
Crowley thinks Maliki's remarks could help McCain:
But is it possible that such a shift in the Iraq debate could be a good thing for... McCain? Many voters were no doubt unsetlled by McCain's (unfairly alleged) vision of a 100-year war. If the debate shifts to who can more effectively manage the logistics of wrapping things up, that would could well benefit McCain more than a sharp contrast about prolonging war in which McCain is taking the unpopular side. Obama can rightly crow in the short term, but I'm not sure it's obvious this plays out in the longer term.