They Were For It, Until It Was Actually Proposed

Today’s Washington Times reports on the Senate Democrats who have changed their minds about the “surge” in Iraq:

[A]t least a dozen Democratic senators who in the past have called for more troops in Iraq … now support a resolution condemning President Bush’s plan to do just that.

A few quotes. John Kerry, 2005:

We don’t have enough troops in Iraq.

Joe Biden, 2005:

There’s not enough force on the ground now to mount a real counterinsurgency…They’re going to need a surge of forces.

Not long ago, the idea that the administration had “blundered” by not putting enough troops in Iraq was conventional wisdom among many Democrats. But it appears that they were in favor of augmenting our forces only if there were no danger that it might actually happen.


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