Monday, February 05, 2007

It's a Klein Line on a Straight Shooter
I normally wouldn't bother commenting on the likes of Time columnist Joe Klein, but ThinkProgress points out something too absurd to ignore.

Klein thinks that McCain has been "entirely consistent about the war." Some reminders for Klein from the ThinkProgress post:
McCain called for sending “another 20,000 troops” to Iraq. He endorsed Bush’s escalation strategy, but later claimed, “I would have liked to have seen more” troops on the ground.

McCain claimed the Iraq war has been “
easy,” except that he also “knew it was probably going to be long and hard and tough.”

McCain claimed he “
bitterly disagreed” with the Iraq strategy from the beginning, except that he previously said, “We will have made a fair amount of progress if we stay the course.”

McCain was for withdrawing U.S. troops to the border of Iraq if escalation failed, but then later backtracked, saying he would only consider redeployment if “
we have the situation under control.”

McCain wants to establish benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet, but “
can’t tell you” what they are.

McCain said that escalation could not bring about results in “a few months,” but then claimed, “I think in the case of the Iraqi government cooperating and doing what’s necessary,
we can know fairly well in a few months.”

McCain is a flip-flopper, plain and simply.