GodDAMMIT, when is the Democratic Party going to get its act together?!
Bush and Co. got us into this unnecessary disaster and have continued to mess up the execution for two and a half years. It was a bad idea and it's been handled miserably.
But frankly, the Democrats have- amazingly- bungled things even worse. The party line mostly supported the war in the first place because they were too cowardly to oppose it. When the inevitable problems became obvious, they blamed Bush. Now that the majority of the country agrees that the war was a bad idea and is going nowhere- and are ready to severely punish the Republicans for it- the Democrats have no solid solution or answer.
John Murtha's immediate withdrawal proposal is poison. Abandoning Iraq now would turn it into a terrorist factory worse than Afghanistan was prior to 9/11. And it would allow Republicans to blame the Democrats for the entire Iraqi debacle- "don't blame us, we were hanging tough and killing terrorists, then the Democrats came and forced us to accept defeat."
At the same time, simply staying there and continuing on the present course is only slightly better. We might be able to prevent the country from slipping into complete and total chaos, but we're never going to be able to achieve anything that feels like a solid victory. And every day we're there, more tragedy is created for Americans and Iraqis.
Republicans want to either stay indefinitely (aka no plan), or make it feel like they're slowly getting out so that they can deflect the war's consequences in 2006 without looking like they're retreating from the battlefield.
Some Democrats want to pull out immediately; others support the vague "draw down in 2006" option; most just want to revel in the political damage Bush is facing.
We need LEADERSHIP.
We need people to come forward, lay out the facts, and give us some REAL OPTIONS. Granted, there's no "magic bullet" solution out there, but the complete and total helplessness we're going through- that's the result of a leadership vacuum.
Blaming Bush, talking about the past, and floating immediate withdrawal are not the answer. (Granted, Murtha was demonstrating a form of leadership in making his bold proposal- I just SERIOUSLY disagree with him, and I think most people who were opposed to the war in the beginning do too.)
Bush is hurting badly and Republicans are looking vulnerable in 2006. It's a shame that the opposition party in our country has taken its role literally- all they do is oppose. We need leadership, and if Democrats aren't able to provide it, then they're just as guilty as Bush- if not more- for screwing up our country.