Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Hillary and the doctrine of planning pre-emptive squandering

Via Michael Goldfarb at the Worldwide Standard, we find this NY Sun article, quoting retired general and “co-author of the surge”, Jack Keane:

"I have no doubts whatsoever that if she were president in January '09 she would not act irresponsibly and issue orders to conduct an immediate withdrawal from Iraq, regardless of the consequences, and squander the gains that have been made."

And the Clinton campaign’s response? A nearly Obama-esque, “Yes we can will!”

The senator's campaign differed with that assessment. "Senator Clinton speaks for herself on her plans to end the Iraq war," the campaign's communication director, Howard Wolfson, said Sunday. "She has said she will end the war the right way, swiftly and responsibly, and beginning within 60 days of taking office."

And Clinton has a plan to begin squandering right now…

Indeed, Mrs. Clinton's Web site features her plan to "begin ending this war — not next year, not next month — but today."

...if not for those silly things called elections.

Though General Keane’s wording is a bit rough, with the double-negative “I have no doubts…she would not act…” perhaps there is an opportunity for an Obama-esque slogan the Clinton campaign could use here.

Hillary Clinton: Doubt You Can Believe In

UPDATE: Well, this article is making the rounds.

BAGHDAD — After almost five years of war, many young people in Iraq, exhausted by constant firsthand exposure to the violence of religious extremism, say they have grown disillusioned with religious leaders and skeptical of the faith that they preach.

Aha! Thus is the Hillary (and Democrats) strategy is made clear.

The old Democratic line on Iraq: “By killing terrorists, we’ll only make more terrorists.”

The new Democrat line on Iraq: “By leaving Iraq and letting al Qaeda kill more innocents, we’ll make more people who turn away from militant Islamism.”

1 comment:

  1. While Barack has a gift for triangulation that puts the Clintons to shame, Hillary has still got a thing or two to teach him on the pandering front. You don't make private assurances, á la NAFTA, which will inevitably be exposed to your embarassment. You get your Goolsbee to go on record saying he doesn't believe you would really trash a treaty, then you politely insist that he can't read your mind, and voilá: Everyone draws the appropriate conclusions, depending on what they want to hear. No muss, no fuss.