Democrats seem to think that making the coming election about the war will be a big win for them.
Maybe not :
While 59 percent of Americans told an Associated Press poll this month that they disapproved of President Bush's handling of Iraq, 64 percent disapproved of the Democrats' handling of it. While 62 percent of Americans told a Washington Post/ABC News poll last month that they disapproved of Bush's handling of the war, an even higher percentage of respondents, 71 percent, said the Democrats do not offer clear alternatives."
I think that a mistake people on the Left commonly make is that they believe that most Americans like the idea of running away. Not true, Americans just hate to lose and when they hear of ongoing violence in Iraq they feel like they are losing. Ofcourse to the left all those who think that a withdrawal from Iraq would be dangerous for America and disastrous for Iraq are just war mongers. They feel that there is no problem in the world that can not be solved just by the United States surrendering.
I am old enough to remember John Kerry saying all those years ago that if the US just pulled out of Viet Nam all would be well. The fighting in southeast Asia would end right away. Like Murtha says of Iraq today, Kerry said then that the US was the target, the problem...and he was wrong. What followed our flight from Southeast Asia was reeducation camps, genocide and hundreds of thousands of boat people trying desperately to escape on the open sea.
Believe it or not, running away does not solve problems, it creates them and this time the bad guys will follow us home. And if the Left persists in comparing this war to the war in Vietnam perhaps they should stop and remember the Killing Fields in Cambodia or the sight of those helicopters taking to the air while the people on the ground reached after them...begging to not be left behind. If we ran away from Iraq now... would anyone ever trust us again?
The Clinton context
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