Monday, October 17, 2005
Gephardt Admits He Was Wrong About Iraq
As Daily Kos reports, Former House Minority Leader and 2004 Presidential Candidate Dick Gephardt has admitted that he was wrong about the war in Iraq. After cowering to Bush and his liars back in 2002 to assemble bi-partisan support for a Congressional Resolution authorizing the President to go to War (which created a huge rift within the Democratic Party that we have not yet recovered from), this is big news.
"It was a mistake," said Gephardt last week in Seattle. "I was wrong."
As the American public continues to oppose this illegal, idiotic and unjustified war in growing numbers, the only thing that Democrats like Gephardt can do to is apologize, admit that they were wrong, and then blame the Bush Administration for lying to them. This won't make them look indecisive. It will show that they made a good-faith effort to trust the President, and that they were betrayed.
I honestly don't see how the Democratic Party can get any political mileage out of this never-ending quagmire, without completely renouncing the initial vote in October 2002 to authorize the invaison in the first place. If our potential 2008 Presidential nominees continue their wishy-washy bullshit, they will have yet again snatched defeat from the jaws of victory.
In fact, I strongly believe that (assuming the election wasn't stolen), John Kerry lost the Presidential race when he refused to admit that he was wrong on the War. Right after the Democratic National Convention, George W. Bush held a press conference in which he asked Kerry ...
''My opponent hasn't answered the question of whether, knowing what we know now, he would have supported going into Iraq," Bush said. ''The American people deserve a clear yes-or-no answer."
And what did Kerry reply?? The FUCKING IDIOT said that he would have still voted for the war anyway. Despite the fact that no weapons of mass destruction were ever found -- and that in fact they never existed. Despite the growing number of Americans being killed needlessly in a war that we never should have started -- and an occupation that has made the United States universally hated by even the most moderate Iraqis.
If there is any mistake that John Kerry made in the 2004 election, this was it. His later attempts to attack Bush on the inept occupation were completely ineffective.