John Brummett thinks he has detected a policy shift on Iraq from U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's recent comments on the issue.
What's happening is represented vividly by the ever-temperate Pryor's fresh comments, suggesting as they do that America doesn't possess clearly achievable objectives in Iraq and that, whatever those objectives are, we should abandon them forthwith if civil war breaks out, or perhaps we should say escalates. ...
Meantime, we remain confronted by a clear and evil enemy. I refer to the creeps who nearly blew up more of passenger airplanes just the other day and who now have us flying without carry-on toothpaste.
It may turn out that we'll leave the Iraqis to fight among themselves. It may be that we'll use such a departure - tragic though it be in terms of lost American and Iraqi lives - to turn our undivided attention and might toward our real problem.
Mark Pryor is clearing his throat in preparation to say that, if I read subtlety and nuance correctly.
Check back here around 10 a.m. to see if that is what Pryor says in his national radio address.