"HILLARY HAWKS UP WAR TALK," the headline in the New York Post headline says. But read the lead:
Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton "fully supports" President Bush's Iraq policy, her office said last night - on the eve of her visit today to an upstate arsenal that makes military hardware like mortars and howitzers for U.S. troops.
"Sen. Clinton fully supports the steps the president has taken to disarm Iraq of weapons of mass destruction," said Clinton spokesman Philippe Reines.
Read it again carefully -- "Sen. Clinton fully supports the steps the president has taken...." That's an endorsement of military pressure and UN diplomacy. It's not an endorsement of war. It's also not an objection to war fever. It's a non-stance disguised as a stance. This is the kind of statement Clinton-haters call "Clintonesque"; alas, when it comes to this kind of thing they have a point.