Insertion of a Legacy
I may be reading too much into this, but it strikes me as odd that some versions of this AP report of good news in Iraq contain Obama’s name, but none (that I’ve found) contain Bush’s:
Attacks fell in November to their lowest monthly level since the Iraq war began in 2003, a top U.S. commander said Wednesday. …
U.S. troops are working with Iraqi soldiers and police in hopes of improving their performance ahead of substantial withdrawals expected next year.
President-elect Barack Obama wants to bring most U.S. combat troops home from Iraq within 16 months.
My recollection is that the withdrawals were already being planned, based on improvements in the field. Am I wrong? We may have the first sign, here, of a fawning media’s intention to make ultimate success in Iraq part of President Obama’s legacy, rather than President Bush’s, even before he’s taken office.