The war’s return to the public consciousness poses new challenges and opportunities for the candidates, particularly Senator John McCain.Mighty nice of 'em to admit they had removed it from the headlines when the violence went down. Interestingly, it was only a few days ago McCain was in Iraq talking about how the Iranians were training al Qaeda and this is a Shia uprising. Times, again:
Some are saying the fighting strengthens their case for troop withdrawals.The Times doesn't say who the "some" are. Their newsroom staff? Arianna Huffington? Barack Obama? Speaking of the man of change he issued a statement you'll have to read yourself to make sense of. And his opponent?
Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, did not directly address the Basra situation on Saturday and instead kept the focus on economic issues.Perhaps someone stopped her from claiming she was nearly wounded on one of her visits over there? All things considered, she's looking more irrelevant by the day.
In the midst of all this wonderful news about Iraq came a bummer from CNN:
Shiite cleric Muqtada al-Sadr told his followers to stop fighting and to cooperate with Iraqi security forces Sunday, as U.S. and Iraqi forces targeted his Mehdi Army in Basra and Baghdad.Maybe the Times will tell us (quoting "some people" of course) how that affects the Obama campaign plans in tomorrow's edition.