This is inconvenient for Barack Obama, to say the least, and once again demonstrates how he's really not ready for any responsible leadership position, as he is so clearly irresponsible. In thie case, Obama made the rookie mistake of preparing and presenting the "results" of his "fact-finding" tour before he actually took the tour. He published those "results" on July 14th in the New York Times. If he had waited, he wouldn't have looked so clueless. From Obama's July 14th Op-Ed:
Obama: "Iraq’s leaders have failed to invest tens of billions of dollars in oil revenues in rebuilding their own country, and they have not reached the political accommodation that was the stated purpose of the surge."
From today's news, while Obama is off on his junket, Iraq's Sunni Arab bloc rejoins government :
BAGHDAD (Reuters) - Iraq's main Sunni Arab bloc rejoined the Shi'ite-led government on Saturday in a breakthrough for national reconciliation after parliament approved its candidates for several vacant ministerial posts.
Pretty much whenever Obama speaks with any specificity, he is shown to be wrong shortly after. I don't know what is worse for Obama -- feeling bad about good news because it goes against his philosophy of defeat and surrender, or watching as his rival's plan for Iraq, which he denounced, WINS the war that Obama was so sure was lost and would lead to his victory in November.