Tuesday, July 29, 2008

McCain was against the timetable before he was for it

So about that whole "timetables=surrender" thing? Not so much.

John McCain told Larry King last night that he could support a 16 month timetable for leaving Iraq assuming certain conditions were met on the ground. Hmmm, that sounds familiar. A 16 month conditional timetable for withdrawal from Iraq. Where have I heard this before?

Oh yeah, it's the same thing Obama was criticized for earlier this month. From Obama spokesman Robert Gibbs' interview with MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell three weeks ago:

MITCHELL: Does that mean you would not be able to withdraw in 16 months?

GIBBS: No, no. We believe we will. We believe we will. Obviously we'll listen to commanders on the ground as conditions may or may not change. This is completely consistent with what Senator Obama has talked about from the very, very beginning of this campaign.

So to reiterate, McCain has gone from calling any timetable to withdraw tantamount to surrender to now supporting the same timetable that his opponent has been touting from the start of the campaign. Makes sense.

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