I’ve seen and heard lots of political advertisements by Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama the last few weeks here in Pennsylvania, and I’ve yet to hear one that says anything about the Iraq war.
Today, Pennsylvania primary day, we see a shot of bin Laden, but hear not a peep on Iraq.
This is a good development. It suggests that, when the general election campaign comes along, Clinton or Obama will take a more reasonably supportive approach to Iraq.
Focus on economy. Clinton and Obama’s prepared ads talk about rising oil prices, the faltering economy, health care and the character flaws of their opponents, but unless I’ve missed a couple commercials, they ignore the war.
Of course, Iraq was raised at the Philadelphia debate in front of a hard-core defeatist crowd, and each candidate candidate talked vaguely about withdrawing U.S. troops in an orderly way faster than the other candidate would. At Democratic rallies, they also declare the war "unwise."
But it’s the specifics on withdrawing troops in an “orderly way” that will make the difference between consolidating democracy’s victory in Iraq and tossing that nation back to fascism, genocide and bigger wars.
Knowing better. These campaign ads don’t talk about withdrawing quickly or fixed surrender timetables. They don’t talk about the war.
I have the feeling the silence is because both Clinton and Obama know Iraq must be saved as a free country, but it would be primary season suicide to tell that to Democrats.