By Hilary Rosen
A funny thing happened on the way to a 100 hour agenda for the new Democratic majority. The leadership coalesced around a position that the public has had for over two years. And they realized that the more they stood up to the president on the war, the better they felt. They are going to pass a resolution in the Congress next week disapproving of the president’s decision to escalate U.S. involvement in the war. That resolution is also going to get a number of Republican votes.
The next step will be hearings and more evaluation. It will be public. With each hearing demonstrating the multiple aspects of our failures in Iraq, the public will learn more and more details that the Congress will not be able to sweep back under the rug. And that is the goal of the Democratic leadership. Get the facts out. They speak for themselves. We underestimated the loyalty of the Iraqi army to keeping the peace. We sent in civilian leaders to form a government who had no ability to gain the trust of the factions that already existed. We did not understand the need for power-sharing among the sects. We wasted tens of billions of dollars giving contracts to Administration cronies and built buildings and bases for permanent occupation while saying we were there on a temporary basis. We have exhausted our troops, our reserves and their families and then when they came home we’ve done nothing to help their transition back. Get the facts out. They will speak for themselves.
Those who say the Democrats won’t have the guts to use their power to stop the expansion and begin troop withdrawal just don’t understand. Democrats in Congress will be the vehicle by which Americans will learn the truth. The truth that President Bush has denied us for years. Once the case is made, acting on the facts will be the obvious next step