posted on Dec, 17 2005 @ 09:44 PM
I think it could be considered to be a bad move for the Democrats, but it's really the only option they have. The simple fact is that they really
don't have any unifying strategy other than "Bush is bad." They don't have any real goal beyond getting elected. They can't legitimately, as a
party, oppose the war and urge an immediate withdrawal because that will not only alienate much of middle America, but will expose them as enormously
shortsighted. Most thinking people, regardless of their views about the war, understand that an immediate and unilateral withdrawal will cause
problems there. Additionally, there are some very powerful interests that favor a continued American military presence in Iraq, and it wouldn't do
for the Democrats to completely alienate them.
However, the few who DO believe that an immediate, damn the consequences withdrawal from Iraq is a good idea are almost exclusively Democrats, and the
party doesn't really want to alienate them either, so they're in something of a Catch-22, but it's not really a new one.
This isn't really that different from the problem they faced in 2004, when they originally ran on the platform of being not-Republicans with a
candidate who was not-Bush. Even then they couldn't quite bring themselves to either support or oppose the war. The only real difference is that
their failure to propose any real ideas regarding Iraq in 2004 was one of omission-- they simply didn't talk about it. Apparently the new plan is to
make not taking a stand an official part of the 2008 platform.