The hug

The decision to bring all the U.S. troops from Iraq has now become the latest issue in the presidential race. Some Republican candidates have said the troops should stay.

“Once again we see how critical a commander in chief is to the successful creation and implementation of national security policy,” conservative blogger Jennifer Rubin wrote today in the Washington Post, calling it a “dishonest withdrawal.”

“The presence of foreign troops, no matter how well-intentioned, can grate on a nation and create problems of its own,” The Anchorage Daily News said in its editorial. “In the end, it’s up to Iraqis to build and define their nation.”

That pretty much spells out the politics of the issue, an issue that — as this video today shows — isn’t all about politics.

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