Abe: one wonders if Barack Obama is even absorbing minimal facts about the situation in Iraq. He need only look as far as the New York Times which informs us that this week has not been business as usual over there:
For starters, the Shiite rebels are fighting mainly Iraqi soldiers, rather than Americans. Their leader, Moktada al-Sadr, is not defending against attacks from a redoubt inside the country’s most sacred shrine, but is issuing edicts with a tarnished reputation from an undisclosed location, possibly outside the country. And Iraq’s prime minister, a Shiite whom Americans had all but despaired would ever act against militias of his own sect, is taking them on fiercely.
Then, of course, al-Sadr called for a truce. Certainly, you don’t have to buy into the notion that it clear sailing from here on out to see that when Maliki does what we have asked – takes on the militia forces – something has changed for the better.
But Obama has shown no inclination to process new information and adjust his views accordingly. Indeed, there appears to be no new data that would persuade him that the answer to Iraq is other than: “Leave immediately.” If that is not the definition of an ideologue (or a “dogmatist” as Obama would say), I do not know what is.