25
Aug
2005

Democrats fumble Iraq policy

Source: AntiWar.Com
Author: Jim Lobe

08/25/05

While Republicans voice growing unease over U.S. President George W. Bush’s vow to ’stay the course’ in Iraq, Democrats remain deeply divided about their position on a conflict that most of them privately describe as a major foreign policy disaster. Despite the plunging popularity of the war — and of Bush’s approval ratings — leading Democrats, particularly the party’s brahmins in the Senate, have so far refused to countenance talk of withdrawal, preferring instead to attack the president over tactical issues rather than the war itself. But their reticence — no doubt inspired by their fear of being depicted as ’soft on terrorism’ and the memory of their disastrous Vietnam War-era splits between hawks and doves in the late 1960s and early 1970s — is appearing increasingly untenable as the party’s grassroots activists enlist in what is becoming, thanks to the mother of one fallen soldier, a serious, new antiwar movement, and as prominent Republicans themselves demonstrate a growing willingness to question the war...

Link: //www.antiwar.com/lobe/?articleid=7092


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