I think TPM was one of the first places to note that what most of the media was playing as McCain calling for an Afghanistan Surge (TM) today was actually his abandoning his position and adopting the position Obama’s been pushing for a year. Even Mark Halperin eventually caught on. But it’s hard to keep your record of being ahead of curve.
Now I see this post from my old pal Juliet Eilperin who reports at the Post’s Trail blog that just after giving his speech adopting Obama’s Afghanistan policy, McCain hopped on the Straight Talk Express (TM) and changed his position again. After telling the crowd in Albuquerque that he would send three additional combat brigades to Afghanistan, that he might get NATO to supply the additional troops instead. “We need to work that out, we need to have greater participation from our NATO allies, and we need a lot more help from our NATO allies,” said McCain.
Now, as we noted, he may have switched his position because the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs recently said that while we need additional troops in Afghanistan we can’t send any because they’d have to come from Iraq.
A short time after that McCain spokeswoman Nicolle Wallace said that some of the additional brigades would be NATO troops and some American.