I read about John McCain's interview with Katie Couric last night. McCain said that Barack Obama by refusing to acknowledge the success of the surge in Iraq "would rather lose a war than lose a campaign."
McCain has often said "he would rather lose a campaign than lose a war."
I have no doubt McCain believes this with every fibre of his being.
But there's a hitch in this logic. If McCain loses this campaign, we lose the war.
If McCain is going to talk about losing that is where he needs to direct the voters' attention.
He must tell the American voter that only John McCain can lead America to victory in Iraq (and for that matter Afghanistan).
He must also tell the American voter that by electing Barack Obama, we lose the War in Iraq and for all intents and purposes the War on Terror.
These are stark terms. But this is the only way McCain can put Obama on the defensive.