I don't know if he'll deliver on what he says, but he has a better chance to do so than Hillary Clinton or John McCain and that's all that matters since they're the only 3 left with a realistic chance at the presidency.
Obama is not a blank slate. 11 years in elected office provides a long track record that everyone chooses to ignore.
Just because he didn't literally vote against the war doesn't mean it was not an extremely important demonstration of judgment considering he laid out exactly why the war was a bad idea and how it was distracting us from the real threat.
The fact is that if Obama is right on foreign policy every time an issue comes up, it's likely he'll be right when it comes to getting us out of Iraq and preventing a war with Iran.
McCain's record is not stellar, it's just good enough.
Despite all of the supposed successes of the surge, Iraq is still a mess.
How many years are we going to stay there and let Americans die and Americans blow tax money on this war before we withdraw anyway?
There is no chance that Al Qaeda is going to take over Iraq.
There may be some problems there, but there's no reason to believe that those problems will be any better if we stay for a while and then leave.
As long as we continue the McCain foreign policy philosophy, terrorists will, to borrow a phrase from lunatic Congressman Steve King, be dancing in the streets because they know what a boon it is for suicide bomber recruiting.
McCain is an incremental boost over George W. Bush. The country can't afford any more incrementally better Presidents, there needs to be a fundamental change in the leadership.
Some responses...-I'm not going to waste my time finding his legislation. If you'll just take 3 examples, he's responsible for nuclear non-proliferation with male private part Lugar, ethics reform with Russ Feingold, and ethics reform in the Illinois Senate.-Why is it that his base is full of pacifists but other Democrats' bases are not? The entire state of Illinois, his desired consistuency while running for office is no more pacifist than Hillary Clinton's.-He didn't ignore intelligence. Even if Saddam Hussein had WMDs, the war would be wrong. Why is that Saddam can't have them but Kim Jong Il can? Because Kim Jong Il is such a peaceful stable leader? His logic in his opposition to the war was completely sound. Terrorists were not in Iraq, terrorists were the main threat and going into Iraq was a huge distraction. Colin Powell was sandbagged into supporting the war and the terrible strategy.-Staying in Iraq and allowing all of the ethnic cleansing that has already taken place and being present in Iraq which inspires terrorist attacks which kill Iraqis is a disasterously bad idea. The idea that pulling would cause "losing control of the Middle East" is laughable. We already have virtually no control over the Middle East.-I didn't praise McCain's domestic policy, I praised a few things he does better than Hillary Clinton and most politicians. He's not just wrong on the war, he's wrong on foreign policy in general, that's a pretty big deal.-You believe Obama is lying about the war, it's not an objective fact. Don't give me any bull about Samantha Power, just because she said it doesn't make it true. Considering McCain was vehemently anti-torture and now suddenly he's voting against bills that block torture, those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones.-We're going to start following the UN now? -Oh now the Iraqis are going to create their own functioning military? They've only been stalling on that for 4 or 5 years now. How long are we going to give them? Another decade, 5 trillion dollars, and 10,000 Americans? Maybe when we start leaving they'll actually get their act together.-I'll take a chance on someone who says they're going to leave Iraq and might be lying than someone who says he's going to stay in Iraq and continue a failed foreign policy.-Wow, George W. Bush is Barack Obama, that's a new one. How you could not see an ocean worth of difference is beyond me. There's kind of a problem with that notion...Barack Obama is smart and has demonstrated good judgment and George W. Bush is borderline retarded. George W. Bush demonstrated little if any judgment or intelligence during his campaign or his entire life. Perhaps his failed business ventures and bad reign as Governor could have been used as evidence while those who have worked with Obama heap praise on him and talk about how impressive he is.