Shh, Hear That? It’s The Winds Of Change

I was planning on writing an exhaustive post outlining the recent change in dynamic surrounding the War in Iraq but as usual a real journalist beat me to it. Howard Kurtz of the Washington Post just published this piece called “Iraq Turning Point” – give it a read.


John Murtha is now off the reservation.

If I had to pick one of the least likely candidates to demand an immediate pullout from Iraq, the Democratic congressman from Pennsylvania would be right up there. Vietnam veteran, big Pentagon supporter, rarely makes waves on the Hill. We’re not talking Ted Kennedy here. He supported the Gulf war and the Iraq war. And yet the guy holds a press conference yesterday and says it’s time to go because “our troops have become the primary target of the insurgency.”

The Murtha Moment follows Bill Clinton saying the war was a mistake, John Edwards saying his vote was a mistake, the Nation saying it won’t support any pro-war Dems, Senate Republicans saying the White House should fill out quarterly report cards on how it’s getting us the heck out, and a few things I’m sure I’ve forgotten.

The point is not that an irresistible groundswell for withdrawal is sweeping the country. The point is that the landscape is changing as politicians scramble to catch up with polls showing a majority see the war as a blunder. We seem to have moved beyond the administration’s things-are-improving-in-Iraq argument to a more narrow focus on how to extricate American troops. (Anyone old enough to remember “Vietnamization” knows what I’m talking about.)

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