Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Sea Change

Man, the degree to which the rhetoric on Iraq has changed since the election can really make your head spin, no?

I'm basing this on my apprehension, not on LexisNexis searches, but don't you think? Am I way off, or has inevitable withdrawal from Iraq become conventional wisdom, instead of cut-and-run defeat-o what-have-you. And NBC is sacking up (courageously throwing their lot in with premier experts on the subject) and calling the damn thing a civil war already. And a FT columnist not given to "mindless hyperbole" is calling Bush "arguably the worst president since the US became a world power." Used to hear that kind of thing before, but not from any corner offices, so to speak.

In this age of entrenched political machines and inertia-wracked institutions, it's hard to imagine that an election really can make that kind of a difference. I'm not talking about policy revolutions; we'll wait and see how that all shakes out. But we finally, finally pulled a loose brick in the Bush administration's fortress, and the walls come a tumblin' down.


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