After being pounded for not visiting Iraq since January 7, 2006, when he spent all of 2 days in the Green Zone, Obama is considering another trip but is it too late. He has already determined the war is lost and nothing can be accomplished by our continued presents in Iraq.
Obama told reporters in a January 7, 2006 conference call;
"If we don't see significant political progress ... over the next six months or so, we can pour money and troops in here until the cows come home, but we're not going to be successful."
He has not changed his mind and nothing he sees today will change it now. He will not admit the surge has worked. He will not credit the Iraqi military for pushing out the militant Shiite militia in Basra and bringing peace to the city. He will not admit the area known as 'The Triangle of Death is now a showplace for what the US military has accomplished. He will not admit Gen David Petraeus and Sen McCain was right about the surge. It could cost him the election and support from the left if he ever admitted there was hope for Iraq.
For the past 2 years since his visit to Iraq, Obama has relied on left wing anti-war journalist and pundits for information coming out of Iraq. Like most anti-war critics Obama has made up his mind that he cannot trust the military on the ground in Iraq but he can trust the journalist. They would never misinform Sen Obama or Speaker Pelosi. She believes and I'm sure Sen Obama concurs with the following statement;
"Some of the success of the Surge is that the goodwill of the Iranians — they decided in Basra when the fighting would end. They negotiated that cessation of hostilities — the Iranians."
This was Pelosi speaking to the San Francisco Chronicle. The truth is the cease-fire did not hold and after it broke down, Iraqi forces succeeded in driving the Shiite militias out of the city or underground.
Neither Obama or Pelosi will spend more than a couple of days in Iraq and neither will visit the troops outside of the Green Zone. If they would sit down for an honest detailed conversation with Gen Petraeus or other on-the-ground commanders, they would believe nothing they hear. Both Obama and Pelosi have their own preconceived notion that Iraq was a mistake and is a lost cause. Since Sen Reid announced on the Senate floor that the war in Iraq was lost the Democrats have all but locked step with Sen Reid.
Because in this election year the Democrats cannot afford a peaceful Iraq, it would be pointless for Obama to waist the Iraqi officials' time with a visit. Sorry Senator, you made your mind up in 2006, it's too late to change it now.