Here’s a comment from uber-journalist Bob Woodward while appearing on Chris Matthews’ show that’s pretty interesting. Basically, Woodward is saying that the war in Iraq is the Democrats’ war as much as it’s Bush’s.
One of the things that we forget as we’re caught in the heat of the current debate: this is a legal war. The Congress three to one in 2002 said, gave Bush the right to go to war. He decided to do it. So, you know what really amazes me is that Bush, and Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid don’t get together and say, “We’ve got to come up with a bipartisan strategy and consensus on this.” We’re all in to a certain extent in this war. And we owe it to the troops.
Indeed we do.
This exchange between Matthews and Woodward later in the program is also worth noting:
Woodward: If everyone’s thinking about politics and not the troops on the ground. Those people are our surrogates, and we owe them everything, and we can’t even reach political consensus in this country.
Matthews: But what happens when you have a country that is so divided if you just poll regular people about this war, so much against this war, but yet the commander-in-chief is for the war. How do you reach a consensus between a majority who don’t want the war, and a president who wants one? How do you do it?
Woodward: I think that people have to rise above politics and party here. And, think, I’ve talked to these people who have come back from Iraq, and in communication with some there, and they wonder: “What the hell is going on in America? What? You know, we’re here, they sent us here. And we’re talking about cutting off funding.”
Woodward should be commended for coming right out and making these statements.
That the war in Iraq is an American war, and not “Bush’s war” or “the Republican’s war” is something the Democrats just don’t want to admit. They want to micromanage the war while simultaneously taking absolutely no responsibility for the outcome of the war thus for or for the outcome of the war once they’re through with their anti-war machinations in Congress. They want the war to be a failure, and they want it to be all Bush’s fault.
Because that’s what works best for them politically.