December 5, 2005


Democrats Find Iraq Alternative Is Elusive: Party's Elite Differ on How to Shift U.S. Policy (Robin Wright, December 5, 2005, Washington Post)

[A]mong the Democratic foreign-policy elite, dominated by people who previously served in the top ranks of government, there are stark differences -- and significant vagueness -- about a viable alternative.

In interviews, veteran policymakers offered no end of criticism about how President Bush maneuvered the United States into its present predicament, but only one had a clear vision of what he would do if the Iraq problem were handed over to a Democratic administration tomorrow. Several accept Bush's premise that a rapid withdrawal anytime soon would leave Iraq unstable and risk a strategic disaster in the broader Middle East.

"I'm not prepared to lay out a detailed policy or strategy," said former U.N. ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke, who was widely considered the leading candidate to be secretary of state if Sen. John F. Kerry (Mass.) had won the presidency last year. [...]

The biggest common denominator was the anguish of trying to define a Democratic alternative.

There's the Democratic motto for '06: A Party of Significant Vagueness!

Posted by Orrin Judd at December 5, 2005 8:19 AM

To say you don't have a policy means you don't actually have to defend any policy. The Democrats seem to be hoping Iraq is so disliked by the public and at the same time they now are so little concerned about the war on terror that just repeating the mantra "Bush sucks" over and over again will be enough to carry them back in to congressional power next November.

Posted by: John at December 5, 2005 9:02 AM

Will Howard Dean be ducking joint appearances with Ken Mehlman all through 2006?

All the GOP has to do to win most races is just hold up an empty sheet of paper, and tell everyone that it represents the Demcoratic plan for Iraq, for the economy, for Social Security reform, for health-care reform, and for education reform.

Empty, empty, blank, blank. Write a jingle about it. Make them squeal.

Posted by: jim hamlen at December 5, 2005 10:26 AM

After Election Criticism:

"I ran as a Democrat, and all I got was this lousy t-shirt, with no writting on it."

Posted by: AllenS at December 5, 2005 12:08 PM

Kerry's flip/flop-itis has spread to the whole dem party. I find it truely amazing. If repub's can't exploit (it), they don't deserve office

Posted by: Perry at December 5, 2005 12:44 PM