Democratic presidential hopeful Barack Obama is in Iraq where he is following up on that nation's prime minister's call for a timed withdrawal of U.S. troops. Something his rival, Republican John McCain, has scoffed at.
Obama writes in today's New York Times that Prime Minister al-Malaki's call for a timetable for the U.S. troops to leave "presents an enormous opportunity."
In this, Obama is correct.
The United States invaded Iraq, deposed the dictator Saddam Hussein, oversaw elections and touted the fact that it had brought democracy to the country.
Now that there's a duly-elected government, it's time to put that democracy to work and follow the wishes of a sovereign nation whose leader is requesting a schedule for withdrawal.