By Daniel Politi, Slate Magazine
USA Today leads with a poll showing that a majority of Americans across racial lines think race relations in the country will improve if Sen. Barack Obama becomes president. Black Americans are most optimistic, as 65 percent think Obama’s election would improve race relations, a feeling that is shared by 54 percent of whites. On the other hand, about one-third of both blacks and whites said race relations would get worse if Obama loses.
Obama writes an op-ed piece for the NYT where he says that the recent call by the Iraqi government for a withdrawal timetable “presents an enormous opportunity.” Although the troops who were part of the “surge” have successfully reduced violence in Iraq, “the same factors that led me to oppose the surge still hold true.” Even as Obama recognizes that “we would inevitably need to make tactical adjustments” to his withdrawal plan as the situation develops, he also insists he’s against keeping a long-term presence in Iraq that would resemble the current situation in South Korea. “For far too long, those responsible for the greatest strategic blunder in the recent history of American foreign policy have ignored useful debate in favor of making false charges about flip-flops and surrender.”