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Saturday, June 07, 2008

WaPo says Obama would be "pragmatic" to adopt Bush's Iraq policy and says Obama is "unreasonably wedded" to bug-out plans

In an incredible editorial sub-titled "After all, he doesn't see the region much differently than President Bush does," Saturday's WaPo notes, as I did yesterday, that over the course of the past week, Obama has flip-flopped into general alignment with the Bush Administration's position on Jerusalem and, more broadly, most of the Bush Administration's position on how to approach Iran.

It then predicts, amazingly, that Obama will soon also flip-flop himself into a betrayal of the Hard Left on Iraq:

The gap in Mr. Obama's Middle East policy remains Iraq. Mr. Obama has used his opposition to the war to distinguish himself politically from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) and now from Mr. McCain. Yet, in doing so, he has become unreasonably wedded to a year-old proposal to rapidly withdraw all U.S. combat forces from the country — a plan offered when he wrongly believed that the situation would only worsen as long as American troops remained. Remarkably, only a sentence or two about Iraq appeared in Mr. Obama's AIPAC speech, and advisers say he may visit the country in coming months. That would offer him the opportunity to outline a strategy based on sustaining the dramatic reduction in violence recorded this year. No, the left wouldn't like it, but it would be in keeping with Mr. Obama's pragmatic approach to the rest of the region.

I would pay good money to be able to hear Dick Cheney's guffaws as he reads this over breakfast. It's as close to an apology as he and Dubya will ever get from the WaPo.

Posted by Beldar at 05:06 AM in 2008 Election, Global War on Terror, Mainstream Media, Obama, Politics (2008) | Permalink


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(1) hunter made the following comment | Jun 7, 2008 9:53:33 AM | Permalink

There is no basis for thinking BHO is going to moderate his position or become pragmatic.
His pattern seems to be to cave into the last person he hears.
His handlers are going to make sure that last person is far from moderate.

(2) Gregory Koster made the following comment | Jun 7, 2008 11:19:56 AM | Permalink

Dear Mr. Dyer: No no, instead spend your dough on listening to the quacks at the Daily Kos frenziedly reassuring themselves that Obama doesn't really mean it, he'll bug out on 21 January, he's just conning the clingy suckers in the flyover states. That would also give you some swell guffaws of your own.

Sincerely yours,
Gregory Koster

(3) Mike Thomas made the following comment | Jun 8, 2008 7:55:55 AM | Permalink

Let's not pretend that the WaPo editorial board hasn't been ultra-hawkish on Iraq since the very beginning. "Incredible editorial" indeed. You mean "typical."
Fred Hiatt writes these kind of editorials on a regular basis.

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