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Tuesday, July 15, 2008

First the conclusion, then the fact-finding...

Sen. Obama has now published his "Plan on Iraq" in the New York Times. In addition, he'll give an interview today to Gwen Ifill on PBS on his "Plan on Iraq". Then, next week he'll head to Iraq on a "fact finding mission" to speak with Gen. Petraeus for the first time about strategy and facts on the ground. We are truly through the looking glass.

Sen. McCain points out the obvious here:

“Senator Obama is departing soon on a trip abroad that will include a fact-finding mission to Iraq and Afghanistan. And I note that he is speaking today about his plans for Iraq and Afghanistan before he has even left, before he has talked to General Petraeus, before he has seen the progress in Iraq, and before he has set foot in Afghanistan for the first time. In my experience, fact-finding missions usually work best the other way around: first you assess the facts on the ground, then you present a new strategy.”

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