— From NBC's Chuck Todd
It's been interesting to watch Sen. Hillary Clinton try and win the favor of some anti-war Democrats. A few weeks back she floated the idea of de-authorizing the war. Frankly, it didn't take off like they probably hoped. Today, this release from her SENATE office (not her campaign) caught our eye. In both a letter to Defense Sec. Robert Gates and in a private meeting with Joint Chiefs Chair Peter Pace, Clinton "called on the Pentagon to brief the Congress on any existing plans for the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq, or provide an explanation as to why such plans have not been properly created." Nothing like getting the words "Clinton" and "Iraq withdrawal" in the same sentence. More from the release of Clinton's letter to Gates and Pace: "The seeds of many problems that continue to plague our troops and mission in Iraq were planted in the failure to adequately plan for the conflict and properly equip our men and women in uniform," Senator Clinton wrote.Š "Congress must be sure that we are prepared to withdraw our forces without any unnecessary danger."
Moves like this may not please the anti-war activists but for the rank-n-file anti-Iraq Democrat? Maybe.