First, this is the second time in as many days that I have heard about liberals who are arguing in favor of staying in Iraq. Yesterday (Monday) there was an Op/ed article in the NY Slimes that said essentially the same thing... That leaving Iraq would be a Bad Thing. And we have also seen Joe Biden say it as well in the pseudo-debate he participated in last week.
The fact that so many pundits have all been changing their stance at the same time cannot be a coincidence. And why now?
I believe that the fact that the Surge Plan has been having such a strong effect in Iraq has much to do with it. The Libs don't want to get caught on the wrong side of history when things end up improving in Iraq. So they are triangulating. They haven't changed their opinions. Most of them don't have an honest opinion that they believe in anyway. They have merely taken steps to reposition themselves politically in light of the evidence that the surge is working. If they can do that without giving Bush any sort of credit, they'll do it. If they can do that while at the same time stating that they still believe the war was a mistake in the first place, they'll jump at the chance. If they can somehow argue that a pullout/retreat wouldn't be so complicated if Bush hadn't screwed up in the first place, they'll be in hog heaven. But they don't want to be known as the ones who were betting on America's failure when success was actually at hand.
Watch how, as the surge continues to progress, Hillary goes back to saying that she was always in favor of the war... She even voted for it when Obama voted against it. Hillary has never met a position she couldn't straddle.