A surrender before the fight begins?

Even before Bush speaks, Democratic leaders eye "incremental changes" on Iraq.

By Tim Grieve
September 13, 2007 4:38PM (UTC)
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The president will endorse some version of Gen. David Petraeus' plan for Iraq in a televised speech at 9 p.m. tonight. He'll talk for about 15 minutes, but it seems that even that small effort isn't really necessary: As the Washington Post reports this morning, Democratic leaders in Congress have already decided to "shift course" away from pursuing a binding timetable for withdrawal in favor of "modest bipartisan measures" and "incremental changes" in the direction of the war.

From the "Man in the Mirror" Department, Democratic Sen. Chuck Schumer tells the Post: "I wouldn't want to be the party that says we're going to have 130,000 troops from July on."

Tim Grieve

Tim Grieve is a senior writer and the author of Salon's War Room blog.

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