On the Chris Matthews Show yesterday, Time magazine senior writer Joe Klein said of Sen. Barack Obama’s (D-IL) support for setting a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq: “That may well be true, but it’s wrong to say it.” Watch it:
Obama has argued that the Bush administration should begin redeploying U.S. troops out of Iraq in the next four to six months. That is the same position articulated by incoming Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-MI). Last June, the Levin amendment proposed the withdrawal of U.S. forces, earning strong support. Levin’s new amendment is expected to also gain strong support from the new majority.
Voters favor setting a timetable for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq by a 54-39 percent margin. Klein himself, after first arguing that it was not “responsible,” has embraced the call for withdrawal from Iraq. And yet he wants us to believe that a position that is right, supported by a majority of Americans, and favored by the new majority in Congress should not be uttered in public.