Democratic Strategy and the Iraq War

Posted on June 6, 2007. Filed under: Politics |

The Democratic congressional victory in 2006 demonstrated, according to many pundits, that the Iraq war was unpopular. They have extrapolated from this assertion that the public wants the war to end. And so, they have introduced legislation to restrict funding for the Iraq war–a sort of half-a-loaf approach to ending funding for the war altogether.

Their zeal can be taken too far. I’d like to find out how people respond to the question “Where would you rather fight Al Qaeda? In the United States or in Iraq?” or “Where would you rather the war on terror be faught: here or there?” Anyone want to guess what the answer would be? How about unanimous for over there.

The Democratic candidates will backpedal on their current opposition to the war as soon as any good news emerges from Iraq. There’s still a lot of time left. More Al Qaeda leaders could be captured or killed. And it’s almost inconceivable that General Petraeus will not report some good news. Public opinion could change overnight.

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