From The Politico comes word of a new strategy for anti-war groups, which have failed in their repeated attempts to cut funding for our troops in Iraq:
In recognition of hard political reality, the groups instead will lower their sights and push for legislation to prevent President Bush from entering into a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could keep significant numbers of troops in Iraq for years to come.
The groups believe this switch in strategy can draw contrasts with Republicans that will help Democrats gain ground in November and bring the votes to pass more dramatic measures. But it is a long way from the early months of 2007, when Democrats were freshly in power and momentum for a dramatic shift in Iraq policy seemed overpowering.
And the NY Times editors cover this by reprinting the newly agreed talking points; here is their lead editorial:
Don’t Tie the Next President’s Hands
President Bush is discussing a new agreement with Baghdad that would govern the deployment of American troops in Iraq. With so many Americans adamant about bringing our forces home as soon as possible, a sentiment we strongly share, Mr. Bush must not be allowed to tie the hands of his successor and ensure the country’s continued involvement in an open-ended war.
That is the new message, all right. Interesting that the Times editors simply reprinted what was sitting on the fax machine rather than covering this as a political story, but there we are.
The Captain has more.