Tom Vilsack was on the Daily Show last night, and seemed surprisingly refreshing and down-to-earth. He might not be Obama or even Edwards, but he was far more charismatic than Hillary, Kerry, or even the new-the-world-is-going-to-hell-and-I-told-you-so Al Gore. Compare his demeanor (smooth) and his Iraq policy answer (not smooth).
He spent much of the interview talking about Iraq, and it’s good to see that he visited Iraq and Afghanistan, although he definitely needs to work on his answer. His observation that the Iraqi guards do not realize that they need to keep themselves safe was interesting. His solution seems to be pull out and let the Iraqis deal with the problem…this is not enough because it can be turned around by people meaner than Jon Stewart and say that this is our mess why leave them with the rubble. His answer should probably be that when we give them a timetable AND STICK TO IT, they will be required to fix their security issues. I’m not sure where Vilsack will get hit from (the right or the left) but he does not have an answer yet to why we should let the Iraqis solve a problem we created
Nevertheless, it was interesting to see someone with zero recognition on national television.