More of this kind of nonsense if Senator Obama becomes a President Obama here.
A little-noticed earmark tucked into the 2009 defense-spending bill by Sen. Edward Kennedy (D-Mass.) would fund a $2.4 million independent study on withdrawing troops from Iraq.
The study could bolster arguments by Democrats and their presidential candidate, Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.), that the United States should withdraw troops from Iraq and send more soldiers to Afghanistan.
Obama’s rival, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), has opposed any drastic troop reductions in Iraq. If McCain wins the presidency, the study could give Senate Democrats leverage in their effort to force a troop withdrawal.
The provision includes no “justification” language describing exactly what the study would entail. The RAND Corporation is assigned to conduct the study, which is expected to be completed within four months to coincide with the inauguration of a new president.