Quiz time. Who said:
Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the president to explain to us what the exit strategy is.
And a couple of months later:
I think it’s also important for the president to lay out a timetable as to how long they will be involved and when they will be withdrawn.
That was W in 1999, in reference to Clinton pulling out of Kosovo.
To me, this doesn’t indicate hypocrisy as much as a simple lack of principle. He’s saying that something can be the right thing to do, except when it’s a case of W and something he’d prefer not to do.
Of course he has a history of resisting persuasion, not to mention logic, when he doesn’t want to do something. No telling why, but if he’s trying to simply avoid professional embarrassment, someone should tell him that that ship has sailed.