During President Bush's "State of the Union" address, when the president said "Ladies and gentlemen, some may deny the surge is working, but among terrorists there is no doubt..." Hillary Clinton sprang to her feet in enthusiastic applause.
Please note, this is the same Hillary Clinton who essentially called General Petraeus a liar and who said that the Surge wasn't working:
"Despite what I view as your rather extraordinary efforts in your testimony both yesterday and today, I think that the reports that you provide to us really require the willing suspension of disbelief.
In any of the metrics that have been referenced in your many hours of testimony, any fair reading of the advantages and disadvantages accruing post-surge, in my view, end up on the downside."
So, basically, Hillary's position is that she:
- wants to start pulling troops out of Iraq immediately
- supports a prolonged U.S. deployment in Iraq to combat terrorism.
- is strongly opposed to the surge, which she described as a "failed policy" premised on data that requires "a willing suspension of disbelief".
- proudly stands in support of the surge.
- just recently said the surge "inspires skepticism for a good reason."
- refused to criticize the MoveOn.org ad referring to Petraeus as Betrayus.
- specifically cited General Petraeus' experience and leadership when he was appointed to his position.
- has a track record for supporting preemptive war and has criticized those who have "nothing but derision about nation building".
- criticized George Bush for breaking his campaign pledge not to get involved in nation-building.
So, all and all, she's quite clear about which side of the argument she's in favor of.... whichever one is most politically advantageous at that particular second.