Would-be President Hillary Clinton (D) NY has turned flipflopping into a new art form with her latest declaration that the surge is NOT working, ...errr she means the surge IS kinda working, but is really not working at all...
FYI- when Democrats say that the surge is working but not really working, what they mean is that IF a Democrat were in the white house and the same scenario were in place, THEN the surge would be working fantastically... that's what they mean.
Exactly like her position on Saddam... is a threat, isn't a threat, ...was a threat, wasn't a threat depending on the crowd she is talking to. When Bill was Prez, Saddam was a threat and was seeking nukes (according to Bill and Hillary), but when a Republican took the whitehouse, suddenly Saddam was not a threat (according to Bill and Hillary).
But, Democrats have painted themselves into a very dangerous corner on this surge deal.
They are against the surge and have invested their entire future on a US defeat in Iraq... so admitting they were WRONG and Bush was CORRECT (again) is a jagged little pill to swallow. (with no apologies to alanis morrisette)
All signs are now pointing to success in terms of the surge plan in Iraq, no matter what the Democrats(and Islamofascists) claim to the contrary... but the next big flipflop should be a whopper.
I can't wait to see which one of them is the first to claim that "I was actually for the surge from the beginning and called for more troops from the start and if Bush would have listened to ME, the war would have been won much sooner"...
Will it be..
one of these guys...
Colin Powell: Troop Surge Would Probably Not Help. According to an article in the International Herald Tribune, "The former secretary of state Colin Powell said Sunday that badly overstretched U.S. forces in Iraq were losing the war there and that a temporary U.S. troop surge probably would not help.Powell was deeply skeptical about increasing troop levels, an idea that appears to be gaining ground as President George W. Bush weighs U.S. strategy options. 'There really are no additional troops' to send, Powell said, adding that he agreed with those who say that the U.S. Army is 'about broken.' He said he was unsure that new troops could suppress sectarian violence or secure Baghdad." [International Herald Tribune, 12/17/06]
Major General Don Shepperd, USAF (Ret.): I Would Not Even Consider Increasing Troop Strength In Iraq. Shepperd, who works as a CNN military analyst, offered his analysis of what should be done next after he was briefed by members of the Iraq Study Group. He wrote, "I would not even consider increasing troop strength in Iraq." [CNN.com, 12/11/06]
Michael Vickers, Former Special Forces Officer: "All The Forces In The World" Won't Change Security Situation In Iraq. Vicks said, "The security situation is inextricably linked to politics. If you can solve some of the Iraqi political problems, the security situation becomes manageable. If you can't...all the forces in the world aren't going to change that." [The Newshour With Jim Lehrer, PBS, 12/12/06]
Ambassador Richard Holbrooke: 40,000 Troops Would Make Little Difference. "[Some people are] saying that 30,000 or 40,000 more troops would make a difference. I respectfully disagree. With the tooth-to-tail ratios of the military -- that is combat soldiers versus cooks, people who run the PX's and the bowling alleys and so on -- with the fact that the first thing they have to do is build barracks, which are bullet, bomb-proof to protect themselves, any military guy you talk to will tell you that 40,000 troops will not make that kind of difference." [Charlie Rose Show, 8/14/06]Here is a post that seems to appear on practically every liberal blog... Survey (among moderates and liberals) is proof that experts agree, surge won't work.
They use a very small, non-scientific survey with the large majority of participants saying they are moderate or liberal to prove that the surge plan won't work while ignoring the fact that as more people come back from there they are all saying one thing... the surge IS working.
Some people are more invested in defeat than others...