Jonathan Weisman and Anushka Asthana penned a column for today’s Washington Post entitled “GOP Lawmakers Edge Away From Optimism on Iraq.”
I believe the term used by wingnuts during the presidential campain of 2004 was “flip-flop.” Only it’s different when Republicans do it… somehow, it becomes acceptable.
Faced with almost daily reports of sectarian carnage in Iraq, congressional Republicans are shifting their message on the war from speaking optimistically of progress to acknowledging the difficulty of the mission and pointing up mistakes in planning and execution…
The shift is subtle, but Republican lawmakers acknowledge that it is no longer tenable to say the news media are ignoring the good news in Iraq and painting an unfair picture of the war. In the first half of this year, 4,338 Iraqi civilians died violent deaths, according to a new report by the U.N. Assistance Mission for Iraq. Last month alone, 3,149 civilians were killed — an average of more than 100 a day.
I hope American voters are not as dumb as the Republicans seem to think they are.