Washington Post political columnist E. J. Dionne, Jr., advises Democrats to wise up on Iraq and stop worrying about "looking weak." Is there any chance they will find their courage?
"The neat summary of the new Republican home-front offensive was the tag line on a Republican National Committee ad: 'Our country is at war. Our soldiers are watching and our enemies are too. Message to Democrats: Retreat and Defeat is not an option.' Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert helpfully explained: 'The Democratic Party sides with those who wish to surrender.' Attacks on Democrats of this sort are effective because Democrats help make them so. Democrats are so obsessed with not looking 'weak' on defense that they end up making themselves look weak, period, by the way they respond to Republican attacks on their alleged weakness."
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