I'm really not sure that, all things considered, I would want to see Bill Richardson be president of the United States. But as long as he's the only one publishing op-eds feature clear calls to actually end the war in Iraq I would, at a minimum, definitely tell a pollster that I'm voting for Richardson hoping to, if nothing else, try to prompt the other Democrats into shifting in favor of his position.

In both political and policy terms, I think all of the candidates should consider that in the real world they need not Iraq policies that will make sense in the fall of 2007, but Iraq policies that will make sense in January 2009 after over a year of additional political stalemate in Iraq, continued bloodshed and refugee flows, and continued deterioration of the readiness of the American military.

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