Barack Obama‘s time-to-leave-Iraq stump speech is in Monday’s (7.14) N.Y. Times op-ed page, presumably to make the point that he hasn’t waffled or softened his basic position. Which he hasn’t by my sights. He knows that complications and surprise potholes are inevitable, of course, as does everyone else. Life is sometimes a poker game, and however clear your objective, you have to play what’s dealt.