More on the Flip-Flop Factor

Re my recent post outlining The Flip-Flop Test, persistent Iraq-watcher George Packer has a smart piece in the current New Yorker advising Obama to start modulating his position on the Iraq pullout–recognizing, as he should, the limited but real successes of the surge– but to do so in a way that inoculates him against both the Flip-Flop Flak Attackers and McCain’s charge that he is hopelessly naive in foreign policy. Key line:


The politics of the issue is tricky, because acknowledging changed ideas in response to changed facts is considered a failing by the political class.

That’s it exactly. Read the whole piece here if you like.


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