Rep. Harold E. Ford Jr., the new chairman of the Democratic Leadership
Council (DLC), yesterday said he does not agree with efforts by
Congress to set a deadline for U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq.
"I think most Americans want to win, they don’t want to see us leave
early, and if we leave prematurely, we may create a broader set of
conflicts and invite a bigger problem in that region than before
leaving," Mr. Ford said.
Actually, Mr. Ford, most Americans, and certainly most Democrats understand there is no longer a military solution in Iraq, and continuing a failed policy of military occupation is only prolonging the pain and getting our troops killed needlessly.
Why is it again that Democrats tolerate the DLC? What benefit do they confer on our party that we put up with DLC members like Ford, From, and Lieberman hold our party hostage to their agenda and undermine our party’s stated positions with the American public. When your ‘allies’ are busy thrusting a dagger into your back at every opportunity, why should we continue to call them allies?
Arizona’s Governor and our other elected Democrats who are members of the DLC need to address the question of whether they agree with Mr. Ford, or if they repudiate his head-in-in-sand approach to the problem of the Iraq occupation.