A Hail Mary that would work ...

Highly recommended is this recent Small Wars Journal entry The Case for Keeping SecDef Gates

I think I can speak for many military families in saying, that during the next debate, either candidate can win my vote instantly by pledging to keep SecDef Gates.

Yes, SecDef Gates is that good. Yes, the war is that important.

There’s almost no discussion on RedState about the war. This is a mistake, by RedState and by the McCain campaign.

Because if Sen. Obama announces support for SecDef Gates (which is possible), then IMHO it’s game-over for Sen. McCain.

That’s the plain truth. Why is the McCain campaign ignoring this strategic opportunity, which plays so well to McCain’s main strength?