"Does Krauthammer really expect people to buy this crap?" - Matt Yglesias.

To which the answer, I'm afraid, is: yes. The one thing that truly bugged me about Charles's column today is that he approvingly cites McCain's speech which contained the following sentence:

For the first time in four years, we have a strategy that deals with how things really are in Iraq and not how we wish them to be.

Has Charles ever written a sentence as honest as that about the people and strategy he has been supporting for the past six years? Maybe I missed something. But if you really are trying to persuade people that the surge really is succeeding - the day after the Parliament and a key bridge are blown up in the heart of Baghdad - then you'd be more credible if you copped to your own errors of judgment in the past - and explained why now is different.

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