Will Democrats stop the war?

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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

Will Democrats stop the war?

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