Barack Obama has opened the door to flip flopping on his position in Iraq when he told Democratic supporters in North Dakota late last week, "I'm sure I'll have more info and continue to refine my policy." Obama is planning to visit Iraq and meet with the top generals later this summer.
It would have been nice had he been better informed from the outset. However, this is politically clever. If Obama modifies his position in a manner sufficient that a critical mass of the electorate is under the impression that he is strong on national security or at the very least willing to listen to what the military has to say then he has effectively neutralized McCain's strength. In that case, the election becomes a referendum on the economy and Obama has a decided advantage. Of course, McCain does have time on his side. But then again if the election is about the economy he might have to pick Romney as his running mate. Talk about a poison pill.