Fourth-string White House spokesperson Gordon Johndroe hosted a brief press gaggle today from Crawford Middle School. It was fairly mundane, except for this exchange.
Q: Is it still administration policy that the U.S. commitment in Iraq is not open-ended?
JOHNDROE: I think the President has made it clear that he eventually would like to see the United States in a different configuration in Iraq; there is no doubt about that. The surge was designed, as we have said repeatedly, to help bring security to Iraq. We’ve seen that there are signs of success on that front — the NIE even talked about that yesterday.
Really? Is that why the surge was designed? Because the White House has "repeatedly" argued that the surge was designed to give Iraq some breathing space in order to let political leaders make political progress towards reconciliation.
Johndroe may have just been clueless today, but it’s just as likely the White House wants to move the goal posts. Again.