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Thursday, October 26, 2006

The war in Iraq is the issue

Casualties continue to mount in the war in Iraq. From Reuters:
BAGHDAD, Oct 26 (Reuters) - The military said on Thursday five more American troops were killed in Iraq, bringing the U.S. death toll for October to 96, as President George W. Bush sought to deflect mounting election-year pressure over the war.

With less than two weeks before Nov. 7 polls in which his Republican party risks losing control of Congress, Bush said on Wednesday American patience over Iraq had its limits but pledged not to put unbearable pressure on Iraqi leaders.
No sensible person believes, three and one-half years down the road, that Bush and the Republicans will actually come up with a different strategy for Iraq. Their election posturing is meaningless.

The war in Iraq is the issue. Marginal tax rates, estate taxes and Social Security are all important things to discuss, but in the end folks have to decide whether they want an administration continuing a failed war policy with little Congressional oversight.

If the administration were serious about a change in policy, Donald Rumsfeld would be gone. But Rummy is still there, throwing around aphorisms while he hollows out our military.

We need Congressional oversight, and there is only one way to get it: elect Democrats to Congress and take one of the chambers.

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