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Obama on Iran

Barack Obama before an AIPAC gathering in Chicago today:

"A consequence of the administration's failed strategy in Iraq has been to strengthen Iran's strategic position, and place Israel and other nations friendly to the United States in greater peril."

Assume for the sake of argument that's true. Here's the thing: we are where we are in Iraq. Isn't Obama's proposal to withdraw all US combat forces out of Iraq by a date certain (March 2008) going to further enhance Iran's strategic position in the region thereby putting our allies even more at risk? It's hard to see how it won't.

Hasn't Obama just illustrated, albeit inadvertently, one of the most important reasons for making sure we stay and complete the mission in Iraq?