Foreign Policy

Mr. President - It Isn't Working

As the U.S. military prepared to invade Iraq in March 2003, the Pentagon predicted a quick and decisive victory. But Tuesday, as the nation enters its fifth year of war in Iraq, the United States finds itself in the midst of a troop increase that will bring its force in Iraq to around 160,000.  According to the Pentagon, 3,197 U.S. military deaths have occurred since the U.S. has been at war with Iraq.

Today we find ourselves surrounded by anti-war rallies and vigils in Washington, D.C., San Francisco, and Sacramento. Some organizers estimate that at least 1,000 rallies will take place nationwide.

The Herbert Hoover Of National Defense

The next generation of Republicans will spend their political careers promising not to make the draconian mistakes that George W. Bush and his Republican supporters in Congress are still escalating in a war that should not have been fought.

George W. Bush is the first commander in chief in history to host a National Political Convention that handed out toys to make fun of the Purple Heart, to demean the leader of the opposition, who was awarded bronze and silver stars for valor.

Even when Ann Coulter demeaned widows of 9/11, calling them harpies, the man who used 9/11 for partisan politics lacked the honor and chivalry to defend them, and his partisans in Congress, as usual, remained silent.

Two out of Two Editors Agree: Democrats' War Plan Is Lacking

Yes, Republicans are enjoying surprising unity in vexing the Democrats on war policy. But what could surprise them more than seeing the editorial boards of the Los Angeles Times and The Washington Post agree with them?

WARNING: The words below were not written by a House GOP Conference press staffer.

Yes, the L.A. Times yesterday called the Democrats' war-funding blueprint an unruly mess of bad policy and bad precedent that Bush should veto.

60 Democratic Senators?

The most underestimated statistic in American politics is that 21 Republican senators are running for reelection in 2008, creating the possibility of seismic gains for Democrats.
Is Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) a brilliant tactician leading his caucus to a catastrophic disaster in 2008?

Consider the perspective of Dick Morris. In his analysis, the Iraq war votes are a game of chicken in which Republicans aggressively go to the mat for the president's policy, and prevail because of their iron will.

Setting aside whether the lives of our troops should be subject to a game of chicken by partisans in Washington, in a war that is going poorly, with tidal opposition from the American people, this strategy at best achieves irrelevant short-term tactical gains in return for strategic disaster for the GOP.