It's the War
By Dennis Kucinich
In These Times
the war in
is also increasingly unpopular. For all these reasons, plus the increased
spotlight that Hurricanes Katrina and Rita put on how much the war is draining
resources desperately needed at home, Democrats should clearly call for the
withdrawal of troops from
National Democratic leaders have already tried, and tried again, to ignore the war, and it didn't work politically. During the 2002 election cycle, when Democrats felt they had historical precedent on their side - the president's party always loses seats in the mid-term election - the Democratic leadership in Congress cut a deal with the president to bring the war resolution to a vote, and appeared with him in a Rose Garden ceremony. "Let no light show" between Democrats and President Bush on foreign policy was the leadership's strategy, and it yielded a historic result: For the first time since Franklin Roosevelt, a president increased his majorities in both houses of Congress during a recession.
in 2004, with the president vulnerable on the war, the Democratic Party again
sacrificed the opportunity to distinguish itself from Bush. Members avoided the
issue of withdrawal from
is it an unconscionable political blunder to sweep the war and occupation of
Bush led the country into war based on false information, falsified threats and
a fictitious estimate of the consequences. His war and the continuing
war and occupation squandered the abundant good will felt by the world for
issue of the war clearly distinguishes what is wrong with Republican rule.
Republicans in Congress won't extricate the
Every major poll confirms that the war is a loser for the president and his party. Consider one of the most prominent: The ABC/Washington Post poll, which has surveyed public opinion on the war regularly since March 2003. Responses to all pertinent key questions clearly show eroding support for the war. Support for the president's handling of Iraq has steadily fallen; belief that the war was worth fighting has fallen; belief that the number of US casualties are an acceptable cost of the war has steadily fallen; belief that the war has contributed to US long-term security has steadily fallen, and support for keeping forces in Iraq has steadily fallen. There are no exceptions to this trend.
is on our side, and public opinion is trending our way. In 2006, Democrats must
break from the past and run on the issue of quick withdrawal of all troops from
course, no party can win votes on the strength of one issue. Ending the war in