As PB predicted yesterday, Hillary Clinton gave a tough response criticizing Pres. Bush's dud of a speech on Iraq last night. Trying to curry lot favor with the antiwar left, Hillary blasted Bush as "not getting the message" that the public delivered on Iraq.
"The President’s Iraq policy has been marred by incompetence and arrogance as his Administration has refused to recognize the military and political reality on the ground.
"American troops continue to serve and sacrifice in Iraq, performing magnificently and bravely. But as our commanders have said repeatedly, Iraq requires a political solution, not a purely military one, and we did not hear such a proposed solution tonight.
The President simply has not gotten the message sent loudly and clearly by the American people, that we desperately need a new course. The President has not offered a new direction, instead he will continue to take us down the wrong road – only faster."
Good call to slam his plan, but she isn't alone. Her shift to the left is being mimicked by all Dems, with widespread anger over the troops surge laid out in the speech. And Obama and Edwards have been on record for weeks that they oppose a surge and want out of Iraq. Hillary needed to get tough on Iraq, but is it already too late?