Over at TAPPED (the blog of The American Prospect), Matthew Yglesias wonders if our Senator Ron Wyden is about to join Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) and others calling for a sure deadline for troop withdrawal from Iraq.
First, an excerpt from the CNN interview. (Transcript)
It's one thing to talk about an immediate troop withdrawal. I've said deadlines can be useful. We set them for the constitution. We set them for the elections. Why not say in an area where we don't seem to be making a lot of progress in terms of training the Iraqis for their own security, let's set a deadline there. You've got to get them trained to get to the question Russ Feingold wants to explore.
Then, some of Yglesias's comments:
On the one hand, Wyden seems to be trying to say he holds a middle-ground position. On the other hand, his middle-ground position of setting a deadline for the training mission sounds a lot like what Russ Feingold and others of us have been saying. Obviously, Democrats are looking for some kind of political sweet spot here. Unfortunately, it's not clear that whatever middle ground Wyden's looking for is really there.