Ready to take on McCain
Barack Obama is hoping he gets enough votes in the final two Democratic primaries -- in South Dakota and Montana tomorrow -- to finally declare himself the presumptive Democratic presidential candidate.
If Hillary Clinton concedes tomorrow night, Obama can officially take political aim at the presumptive Republican presidential candidate, John McCain.
McCain, meanwhile, who has no opposition in his party, has already begun his attacks on Obama.
Speaking before a pro-Israeli group, McCain reiterated his concerns about Iran's potential nuclear weapons capabilities, and criticized Obama for his expressed willingness to meet with the leaders of that nation.
While I share in McCain's concerns about Iran, I also believe talking to the leadership is a good thing. Rather than backing Tehran into a corner with the threat of military action, the United States should be attempting diplomacy.
Diplomacy and planning for possible military action are not mutually exclusive exercises. But finding a peaceful solution to such a volatile problem is, to use a phrase associated so much with the first President Bush, the prudent thing to do.