That's the euphemism du jour:
Mr. Hadley, the national security adviser, said the failure of the initial plan [to secure Baghdad] forced the administration to move to what he called 'Phase II.' But other officials said there was no Phase II in the previous plan. 'This is more like Plan B,' said one of Mr. Hadley's associates, who insisted on anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss internal policy matters. 'Six weeks ago, we were talking about pulling American troops back from the city streets, not putting more of them out there.'
The good news is that someone in the White House, for a change, seems more concerned with doing what is necessary for a minimal brake on the civil war rather than more domestic spin. I was also glad to hear the president describe the security situation in Baghdad as "terrible." It's better than denial.
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