SA Column - How the Neoconservatives Gave Obama the World

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When presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Barack Obama commanded an estimated crowd of 200,000 in Germany last week, the message was clear. Despite the attacks on his crazy preacher, his Muslim-sounding name, his inexperience, his liberalism, and his wife's attitude, the thousands standing in Berlin for Obama only cared about one thing — he's not President George W. Bush.

Like Germany, the rest of Europe, Asia, Africa, and indeed the entire world agrees with Obama: the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq was a mistake and continuing the mistake is as dangerous as it is unacceptable.

Iraq Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki agrees with Obama and says it's time for the U.S. to leave.

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee John McCain, on the other hand, is staking his campaign on the notion that the U.S. must remain in Iraq to help the unstable country, echoing Bush's message of "stay the course."

But while Obama draws thousands in Berlin, McCain is virtually non-existent in the German media. For war-weary Europe, McCain is worse than wrong — he's useless.

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