John Edwards is saying in the debate that the differences between the Democrats on Iraq are small. That’s certainly something I’d like to believe, since the people who have positions on Iraq I agree with — Bill Richardson and Dennis Kucinich — aren’t people I particularly want to see as president and aren’t people with a good chance of winning. But I don’t really think Edwards is right. It’s true that the Democrats all, in some sense, want to end the war in Iraq, but these plans to leave tens of thousands of residual forces won’t in fact end the war.
Richardson and Kucinich seem to clearly be saying they’ll end the war. Clinton and Biden are clearly saying the war will continue. I think Edwards is essentially in agreement with Clinton, but that’s not totally clear to me. Obama, meanwhile, seems to consistently succeed in ducking this debate in favor of returning to his other foreign policy points.