Saturday, March 31, 2007

It's the Democracy, Stupid

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Bush called the House and Senate vote to require withdrawal of all U.S. troops by March 2008 a "political statement." The truth is, it's less a political statement than a statement about our political system: It's called D-E-M-O-C-R-A-C-Y:

It is certainly true that the votes are an extraordinary challenge to a president carrying out a war on foreign soil. But what is more historic than the action itself is the accumulation of misguided strategies and bungled efforts on the ground -- all defended obstinately by Bush -- that led Congress to it.

The midterm elections last November were an undeniable vote of no confidence in Bush's war, and public support, by most measures, has only continued to sink. The recent House and Senate votes merely reflected this reality. Stubbornly resisting solid advice from the bipartisan Iraq Study Group and others, Bush has become increasingly isolated.

Via Greg Sargent.

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