How Hillary Benefits From The ISG Report
Against the news that attacks in Iraq are at a two-year high, Hillary weighed in on the issue of a temporary “surge” in troops for Iraq today, a day after Harry Reid said he would support such an increase if it were pegged to a drawdown plan as outlined in the Iraq Study Group report. Hillary basically said the same thing as Reid, although it has been reported that she rejected any increase.
Clinton, a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said she was not in favor of a proposed "surge" of some 20,000-40,000 U.S. troops into Baghdad to quell the sectarian violence there. President Bush is reportedly considering such a move as one of many options to improve the situation in Iraq.
Nevada Sen. Harry Reid, the incoming Senate Majority Leader, suggested over the weekend he would support a short term troop increase if it would speed up the time frame for pulling troops out of Iraq.
Clinton indicated she was skeptical of such a proposal.
"I am not in favor of doing that unless it's part of a larger plan," Clinton said. "I am not in favor of sending more troops to continue what our men and women have been told to do with the government of Iraq pulling the rug out from under them when they actually go after some of the bad guys."
Clinton, who voted in 2002 to authorize military intervention in Iraq, said she was wary of increased military presence in the war-torn country.
"I'm not going to believe this president again," Clinton said.
Funny how that Colin Powell appearance helps her now. Once the general reintroduces the Powell Doctrine of not committing troops without knowing the mission or the exit strategy, any Democrat can now shoot holes in any damn thing McCain says from this point on.
Hillary gave the right answer here, and seems to be showing more spine since the ISG report and Barack Obama’s rise. To that end, I think that the more the Wise Man of the Apocalypse talks about a troop increase, the better Hillary does against him in a one-on-one race. In a poll that they seemingly want to ignore, Newsweek reported today that their own poll shows that Hillary now runs ahead of McCain and even with Giuliani, and trounces Mitt Romney. With the release of the ISG report and the GOP front-runners’ suicidal adherence to whatever the Wise Man says, Hillary can afford to gradually move towards a “Get Out In 2008” position and see her poll numbers continue to go up against these GOP losers.
Yes, the polls up to now have said that large numbers of people would not vote for her, but those same polls do not ask that question with her pitted against an actual GOP candidate. When she is pitted against a real GOP
loser candidate, it forces respondents to make a choice between their dislike for her and their dislike for a GOP candidate who will continue this war.
Guess who wins in that calculus?
Hat tip to TPM Cafe and Atrios