Michael Ignatieff has a great piece in the latest issue of the New York Review of Books. In it he assesses the challenges in Iraq that John Kerry would face if he wins in November:
As the news from Iraq worsens, Kerry may be tempted to promise an exit from the quagmire and quietly jettison his commitments to a democratically elected government in Iraq. Yet holding firm on his intention to sustain an electoral process is vital. Those who opposed the war have good reasons to feel vindicated by the horrible turn of events in Iraq. Their problem is that if America abandons its commitment to helping Iraqis fight for a democratic outcome, through the end of 2005 and into 2006, this betrayal will transform the occupation's many failures into an unforgivable crime.
That seems exactly right. The question is whether Kerry is willing to run the political risk of a long occupation in order to do what's right in Iraq. The debates gave me more confidence that he is, but I'm still not 100% sold.