John McCain couldn't be more upset at the trip and the coverage that Obama is receiving. McCain first complains that Obama hasn't been to Iraq or Afghanistan and hasn't met with General Petraeus. So when Obama does just that McCain gets all bent out of shape. McCain also gets ticked off at all the coverage Obama is getting. I'm waiting for McCain to start jumping up and down like a five year old saying it's unfair.
As to the notion of a time line or time horizon or a commitment to withdraw troops well it seems the Iraqis are on board for the that:
"We are hoping that in 2010 that combat troops will withdraw from Iraq," spokesman Ali al-Dabbagh said after Obama met with Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki _ who has struggled for days to clarify Iraq's position on a possible timetable for a U.S. troop pullout.
Iraq's Sunni vice president, Tariq al-Hashemi, said after meeting Obama that Iraqi leaders share "a common interest ... to schedule the withdrawal of American troops."
This comes from a story in the Post.
What's sad is that the draw down of American troops means they in all likelihood they will not be going home but will end up in Afghanistan. Where by the way they are desperately needed to combat a resurgent Taliban. Another thing the Bush administration failed to get right.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out in the campaign.