Thursday, January 3, 2008
Other issues pushing Iraq aside.
The Democratic and Republican presidential candidates are navigating a far different set of issues as they approach the Iowa caucuses on Thursday than when they first started campaigning here a year ago, and that is likely to change even more as the campaigns move to New Hampshire and across the country. Even though polls show that Iowa Democrats still consider the war in Iraq the top issue facing the country, the war is becoming a less defining issue among Democrats nationally, and it has moved to the back of the stage in the rush of campaign rallies. Instead, candidates are being asked about, and are increasingly talking about, the mortgage crisis, rising gas costs, health care, immigration, the environment and taxes. Part of the shift appears to stem from the reduction in violence in Iraq after President Bush's decision to send more troops there last year. By Adam Nagourney, 2007, The New York Times. Now let us talk about the Democrats Iraq strategy. Nancy Pelosi (D-Ca) threw her support behind a proposal by Rep. John P. Murtha (D-Pa) for a prompt pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq. Sen John F. Kerry (D-Mass) "the presence of our troops itself is a part of the current reality on the ground that presents food for the insurgency." Kerry added, "in the end, the strategy for exit is in fact part of the strategy for success." Sen. Harry M. Reid (D-Nev) Called for "a vote of no confidence in the president's current policy in Iraq" Sen Russell D. Feingold (D-Wis) condemned Bush's plan and said "we need a policy on Iraq that includes a flexible timetable for completing our military mission there with Dec. 31, 2006, set as a target date to complete the military mission there." As you can see the Democrats were wrong the U.S. public did not want a time table, they wanted us to win this war. The war is now on the back burner because we are winning the war. They are not mad at Bush for stating the war in Iraq. They were mad because we were not winning. President Bush said " we will stay the course" and the Democrats wanted a time table to pull out. Who was right!