We are all used to Clintonian triangulation, but even this line from Hillary had me reading it over and over.
“We’ve begun to change tactics in Iraq, and in some areas, particularly in Al Anbar Province, it’s working,” said Mrs. Clinton, the New York Democrat and candidate for her party’s presidential nomination. “We’re just years too late changing our tactics.Yep, and it was quite the trip from the Kasserine Pass to Dieppe to Normandy as well.
We can’t ever let that happen again. We can’t be fighting the last war; we have to be preparing to fight the new war.”So, the surge is working, but we need to surrender anyway?
So, you like the surge, but you then say this,
...a military solution was unattainable and the best way to honor the service of American troops was to “bring them home."This is when I bang my head against the wall; again. No one has ever said that there is a strictly military solution. No one. The military just creates, hopefully, the secure environment for the other non-military Lines of Operation to move forward.
“There is a vigorous debate in our own nation and probably among many of you about the right way forward in Iraq,” Mrs. Clinton said. “I know we may disagree about whether there is or isn’t a military solution to this war.”
“We will have some very hard decisions to make. I’m not sure there are any good options.”
Every OPLAN, Campaign Design, and OPORD - from pre-911 to now. Every. Single. One. I know. I have read them, talked to the guys who wrote them, and even helped make my little bit of them as well.
Senator Clinton (D-NY) knows this. Every time she says this, all she does is tell those who know better that she either is; (1) too thick to understand (not the case; Sen. Clinton is exceptionally smart), or (2) playing politics with the bodies of those fighting.
Hey, just think - she is the best the Democrats are offering.
Do we really want another Clinton as President? Really? This one?
As for the surge comment, Senator Reid - over to you!
At lest Sen. McCain (R-AZ) is making sense.
The reception for Mrs. Clinton was respectful yet tepid. Mr. McCain received loud applause when he suggested that a troop pullout would be “a mistake of colossal historical proportions.”
“As long as there is a prospect for not losing this war,” he said, “then we must not choose to lose it.”