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Monday, August 14, 2006
Democrats and Iraq: Then & Now
While this latest trend is good news for the party’s progressive base, it is still seems that the growing anti-war sentiment is largely a byproduct of political necessity, and not the resurgence of courage and principle in a party that had been unforgivably weak and compliant in the face of Bush’s foreign policy since 2002.
Why didn't more Democrats speak up sooner? It is a question that will haunt many of them as they try to run on anti-war positions in 2006 and 2008.
Here are examples of the changing tune of the Democratic party's 2004 presidential ticket.
"I think Iraq is the most serious and imminent threat to our country."
"We should take 40,000 combat troops out now … There is no chance other countries in the world will help Iraq as long as we are an occupying force."
"By standing with the President [in giving Bush authority to use force against Iraq], Congress would demonstrate our Nation is united in its determination to take away that arsenal, and we are affirming the President's right and responsibility to keep the American people safe."
"We must stay in Iraq until the job is finished."
"Iraqi politicians should be told that they have until May 15 to put together an effective unity government or we will immediately withdraw our military."