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July 28th, 2008
09:04 AM ET

Morning Buzz: Campaign realities

Barclay Palmer
AC360° Senior Producer

Good morning 360ers!

Are the presidential candidates gradually, reluctantly beginning to agree on whether and when to pull out of Iraq... Is it just trying to gain political edge while acknowledging realities.. or could it be both?

Each candidate claims the other is moving his Iraq policy towards their own. The Obama camp points to McCain's "pretty good timetable" comment to Wolf Blitzer. The McCain camp points to Obama's "entirely conditions-based" statement to Newsweek.

The realities..and there are many…include Iraqi President al Maliki’s statements that a time frame that just happens to resemble Obama’s 16 months is about right.. oh, and the majority of U.S. voters wanting to get out of Iraq.. combined with the U.S. concern that the Iraqi military might not be up to holding the country together and keeping it independent from Iran.

Oh, and the U.S. hates the idea of walking away without winning a war, and wasting the precious lives of troops who fought it.

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