Since his election to the U.S. Senate in 2004, Barack Obama has traveled to Iraq just once - in January 2006. This was more than a year before Gen. David H. Petraeus took command and the surge began. It also was several months before Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki came into office. Although Obama frequently criticizes the Iraqi leader on the campaign trail, he has never actually met him.

Obama's conduct is strikingly different from that of Sen. John McCain, who has been to Iraq eight times since 2003 - including three times since surge forces began to arrive in Baghdad. . . .

Obama has dismissed the value of such trips, suggesting they are stage-managed productions designated to obfuscate, not illuminate, the truth. . . . In fairness, a number of Democrats visit Iraq frequently - namely Sens. Joseph R. Biden Jr., who has made eight Iraq trips, and Jack Reed, with 10 trips. Obama's absence and cynicism stand in stark contrast to their serious approach.

- Pete Hegseth
online.wsj.com

In the latest round of revisionism about World War II, the awful British and naive Americans, not the poor Germans, have ended up as the real culprits.

Take the new book by conservative pundit Patrick Buchanan, Churchill, Hitler and 'The Unnecessary War': How Britain Lost Its Empire and the West Lost the World. Buchanan argues that, had the imperialist Winston Churchill not pushed poor Hitler into a corner, he would never have invaded Poland in 1939, which triggered an unnecessary Allied response.

Maybe then the subsequent world war, and its 50 million dead, could have been avoided. Taking that faulty argument to its logical end, I suppose today a united West might live in peace with a reformed (and victorious) Nazi Third Reich!

- Victor Davis Hanson
realclearpolitics.com