Barack Obama faces a tough challenge from neocons and from the nutjobs in the rightwing echo chamber regarding his positions on Iraq, Afghanistan, Iran, and the so-called "War on Terror." Depending on just how badly George Bush and Dick Cheney manage to create a difficult situation in Iraq, Obama will need to inspire confidence in American voters that he will be able to move his vision for a strong, reality-based foreign policy from the drawing board to the world at large.
From the article:
In his victory speech in Texas Tuesday, Barack Obama promised to end the Iraq war in 2009, a new commitment that parallels recent opinion pieces in The Nation.
Prior to his Houston remarks, Obama's previous position favored an American combat troop withdrawal over a sixteen-to-eighteen-month timeframe. He has been less specific on the number and mission of any advisers he would leave behind.