Word is that since McCain challenged Obama to visit Iraq again before passing judgment, Obama is now planning an envoy to Iraq for sometime during the summer. This is rather coincidental considering is very short notice right after McCain made his criticism earlier this week.
Report from Yahoo News:
WASHINGTON – Barack Obama is considering a visit to Iraq this summer, his first since becoming a presidential candidate.
The Democrat, who has been criticized by Republican rival John McCain for not visiting Iraq since 2006, revealed his plans to The New York Times. He also declined McCain’s invitation for a joint trip.
“I just don’t want to be involved in a political stunt,” Obama said, according to a report on the newspaper’s Web site Wednesday.
“I think that if I’m going to Iraq, then I’m there to talk to troops and talk to commanders,” he said in the interview. “I’m not there to try to score political points or perform. The work they’re doing there is too important.”
McCain said he was pleased to hear that Obama was considering making the trip.
“It’s long overdue,” he told reporters in Los Angeles
Good idea on Obama’s part, I thought McCain had a point in that Obama has been criticizing the war effort despite the fact that he had not visited the country since 2006. This will undoubtedly be a big media spectacle and will give Obama some more credibility when debating this topic with McCain.
No surprise Obama turned down the joint visit with McCain, he needs to stand out as his own candidacy, not be shadowed by McCain during a visit.