August 20, 2007

THE “PIVOT” HAS NOW GONE A FULL THREE-SIXTY: “Democratic Rivals Caution Against Swift Iraq Pullout.” Not that I’m complaining.

UPDATE: More from Hillary:

Clinton acknowledged that new tactics have brought some success against insurgents, particularly in Iraq’s al-Anbar province.

”It’s working. We’re just years too late in changing our tactics,” she said. ”We can’t ever let that happen again. We can’t be fighting the last war. We have to keep preparing to fight the new war.”

I agree. Sounds like she and McCain are on the same page.

UPDATE: Reader Mark Thompson emails: “I think you mean one-eighty. Three-sixty would return it to its original heading.” No, that’s exactly what I meant: the “pivot” reference is to Democrats who voted for the war trying to seamlessly shift to opposing it; now that they’re switching back to support, they’ve gone full-circle — hence three-sixty, not one-eighty. It’s really two one-eighties that add up to a three-sixty . . . .

Meanwhile, reader John Hench emails: “With success in Iraq facing squarely at the Democrats, expect the next talking point to be along the lines ‘If it weren’t for the pressure that the Democrats put on Bush to change tactics in Iraq, we would never have seen the success that we are now seeing there.'” And they might be right.

ANOTHER UPDATE: These troops have already “redeployed.”

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