Man, this is bad. McCain says he knows Maliki wont ask us to leave, despite the fact that he just did exactly that. Apparently the distinction is that they can ask us to leave, but not by setting a date influenced by conditions on the ground. Just leaving based on conditions on the ground is apparently OK. It's an awfully thin parsing to base your entire campaign around:
McCain's final point is a guarantee that if we follow his strategy we wont have to go back into Iraq at any point in the future. Under McCain's plan if we completely remove Al Qaeda and then leave, somehow our magical "America Left in Victory Juice" will remain around and stop Al Qaeda from coming back secretly. Wow. America IS exceptional.