The Rest Is Detail

By Patrick Appel
Marc's take on the candidates' Iraq convergence:

It's been an article of faith among some analysts that the two candidate's prescriptions for Iraq would converge, and now they have. Obama's residual force size depends on conditions. McCain's comfort with a 16 month timeline depends on conditions. Good news: American policymakers basically agree on what to do. So instead of who is right -- really, that's a matter of pride -- the question really becomes: whom do you want as commander in chief as U.S. troops withdraw?