2. In October Iraqi military was a fraction of its former strength
3. In concert with the international community he could be contained until, in the way of all petty dictators, he fell away.
4. Obama knew that even a successful war against Iraq will require a US occupation of undetermined length, at undetermined cost, with undetermined consequences.
5. Obama knew that an invasion of Iraq without a clear rationale and without strong international support will only fan the flames of the Middle East, and encourage the worst, rather than best, impulses of the Arab world, and strengthen the recruitment arm of al-Qaeda.
THEREFORE THE IRAQ WAR WOULD BE A DUMB WAR.
HILLARY ENABLED THAT DUMB WAR AND McCAIN WANTS TO CONTINUE IT INDEFINITELY.