"I believe that U.S. forces are still a part of the solution in Iraq," the Illinois Democrat said during a speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. "The strategic goals should be to allow for a limited drawdown of U.S. troops, coupled with a shift to a more effective counter-insurgency strategy that puts the Iraqi security forces in the lead and intensifies our efforts to train Iraqi forces."
The debate over when to bring troops home has turned bitter since decorated Vietnam War vet Rep. John Murtha, D-Pa., called last week for an immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq. He was criticized by the Bush administration and other Republicans.
Some analysts may say Obama is biting rhymes off Murtha. But, the Black political establishment and activist community have been among the most vocal - yet least reported. Still, we wonder what the Administration response will be to Obama at the risk of alienating a Black political base eager to see more than just one Black Senator.
This is strategic on the part of Obama who may be egged on to make a 2008 or 2012 bid. He's feeling around trying to find a voice and a theme. We suggest at least wrapping up his first term and, possibly, an Illinois gubernatorial run. He may need a little more season, little more time beyond the burning lights of a political celebrity.