I wish this was surprising. From the Washington Times:
On Dec. 5, Newsweek magazine touted an interview with then-incoming House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chairman Rep. Silvestre Reyes as an "exclusive." And for good reason.
"In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq," the story began, Mr. Reyes "said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a 'stepped up effort to dismantle the militias.' "
"We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq," the Texas Democrat said to the surprise of many, "I would say 20,000 to 30,000."
Then came President Bush's expected announcement last week, virtually matching Mr. Reyes' recommendation and argument word-for-word -- albeit the president proposed only 21,500 troops.
Wouldn't you know, hours after Mr. Bush announced his proposal, Mr. Reyes told the El Paso Times that such a troop buildup was unthinkable.
"We don't have the capability to escalate even to this minimum level," he said.
Don't even try to tell me these people aren't playing politics with our national security. Of course Reyes is the same clown who didn't know whether al Qaeda was Sunni or Shiite. But colossal ignorance notwithstanding, Congressman Reyes should at least know what his own position is on a troop increase. But don't expect an explanation as to why his position changed. Reyes will count on the MSM to give him a pass. And they will, as they always do for Democrats. Unfortunately, most of the mushy middle--the much coveted "moderate" voters--still get most of their news from the MSM.