Friday, January 28, 2005

Dems getting some backbone?

Where was this when Kerry and the dems were running for election? While I applaud (imagine clapping) Kennedy's attack on a fruitless meaningless war, where was this during the campaign? Where was this moral outrage? Do the words "Too little, too late" mean anything for anyone else?

No matter how many times the Administration denies it, there is no question they misled the nation and led us into a quagmire in Iraq. President Bush rushed to war on the basis of trumped up intelligence and a reckless argument that Iraq was a critical arena in the global war on terror, that somehow it was more important to start a war with Iraq than to finish the war in Afghanistan and capture Osama bin Laden, and that somehow the danger was so urgent that the U.N. weapons inspectors could not be allowed time to complete their search for weapons of mass destruction.

And, of course, it is getting worse in Iraq.

How long until all of the democrats not only finally grow some back bone but also attack the republicans every single day for this folly and that they have led the country down not a primrose path but into the pits of hell.

Several allied countries, many of them eastern European, that were part of the original "New Europe" group backing the Iraqi war have said they will either completely withdraw or substantially reduce their forces in Iraq after the January 30 elections.

The largest reduction is expected to come from Ukraine, which currently has some 1,600 troops in Iraq, making it the sixth-largest contingent. Earlier this month, outgoing President Leonid Kuchma ordered the defence ministry to draw up plans to begin a complete withdrawal by the middle of the year, after eight Ukrainian soldiers were killed in an explosion.

How long before Poland leaves the coalition of the paid?

The move follows a decision by Poland, one of the US's closest allies in the Iraq war and with the fifth-largest contingent of 2,400 troops, to reduce its presence by nearly a third, to 1,700, by the end of next month. The Polish government has faced intense political pressure domestically, where its participation is increasingly unpopular, and the reduction may be followed by a complete withdrawal by the end of the year.

Polish military officers, who command the multinational division in south-central Iraq, have said their reduced numbers combined with a Ukrainian withdrawal could force them to cut the number of provinces they patrol - a decision that may force the US to fill the gaps.

Oh, I guess Poland knows when to cut losses and pull out; too bad for the soldiers and the country that Bush doesn't. It is way past time for the democrats to attack this mess every single day and to remind Bush, the ignorami around him, and the 'Merican public who is responsible for this mess.

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