In Sunday’s New York Times, John McCain acknowledged that troop withdrawal from Iraq might be necessary. This flies in the face of virtually every statement McCain has made on the war, and makes the Senator sound more like the Democrats he criticizes.

“He said that if the Bush administration’s plan had not produced visible signs of progress by the time a McCain presidency began, he might be forced — if only by the will of public opinion — to end American involvement in Iraq. ‘I do believe that history shows us Americans will not continue to support an overseas engagement involving the loss of American lives for an unlimited period of time unless they see some success,” he added. “And then, when they run out of patience, they will demand that we get out.'”

Last week he railed Democrats for criticizing the war and suggesting troop withdrawal. “In Washington, Democrats view it [the war] as a political opportunity, and Republicans view it as a political burden,” he commented at a press conference.