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Wednesday, May 05, 2004


The Growing Iraq Split

posted by Dana at Wednesday, May 05, 2004 permalink View blog reactions
The Iraq War is quietly splitting the Democratic Party.

Howard Dean opposed the war, but his position was "we broke it, we must fix it, we can't bug out."

Unfortunately, the situation since his campaign has gone completely FUBAR. Our reputation is in tatters, our best-and-brightest are getting killed left-and-right, we left Fallujah to a Saddam-ite general, we're leaving Najaf to Shi'ite mullahs, and our boy Ahmad Chalabi is now playing footsie with the Iranians.

As a result a growing chorus is crying "get out." The main choice seems to be between a Bush Administration that will throw a fig leaf on its retreat and a Kerry alternative that "we were duped" but we've got to get in deeper.

That's no choice. Thus, Nader's share in the polls is growing.

Anyone see a way out? Discuss.


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