Saturday, April 14, 2007

The Other Plan B

The "Plan B" section of the Gobsmacked Files is filling up fast today:
Senator John McCain said that the buildup of American forces in Iraq represented the only viable option to avoid failure in Iraq and that he had yet to identify an effective fallback if the current strategy failed....

He said that if the Bush administration’s plan had not produced visible signs of progress by the time a McCain presidency began, he might be forced — if only by the will of public opinion — to end American involvement in Iraq.

“I do believe that history shows us Americans will not continue to support an overseas engagement involving the loss of American lives for an unlimited period of time unless they see some success,” he added. “And then, when they run out of patience, they will demand that we get out.”

Isn't it a bit late in the day for McCain to pretend that he gives a rat's ass about what the vulgar public thinks about things like a troop surge?
CBS News Poll. April 9-12, 2007

As you may know, the U.S. is sending more than 20,000 additional troops to Iraq. From what you have heard or read, would you say this troop increase is making the situation in Iraq better, making it worse, or is it having no impact on the situation in Iraq so far?

Better: 25%
Worse: 26%
No impact: 43%
Unsure: 6%

Do you think the United States should or should not set a timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq sometime in 2008?

Should: 57%
Should not: 38%
Unsure: 5%