Iraq & Domestic Politics

Thinking aloud: wouldn’t it be smart for the Democrats to tie their Iraq policy — which dictates a reduction in forces followed by an eventual withdrawal — to a more muscular commitment to Afghanistan and tackling Al Qaeda in particular?

For one, this seems like the right thing to do in terms of minimizing real threats.

And, it would also have the virtue of answering the charge from Republicans that our withdrawal from Iraq will embolden Al Qaeda if Democrats could say: "No, we’re getting out of Iraq so we can take on Al Qaeda directly where they are based, Afghanistan and its border regions."