I would make it absolutely clear that we seek no presence in Iraq similar to our permanent bases in South Korea. -- says Barack Obama, not wishing to repeat Bush pere's error in building bases in Saudi. But how would Centcom wish to position U.S. forces to 'protect' Iraqi oil supplies?
But in all the op ed looks like a pretty good response to George Packer's comments (7 July) on Obama's Iraq problem.
P.S. 15 July: Obama speaks on U.S grand strategy here.