Why Republicans are wrong on Iraq.
Remember this little attack by Rudolph W. Giuliani during the Republican debates on Fox News?
When Rep. Ron Paul dared to suggest that we try to figure out why the Iraqis resent our presence in our country, and that we also try to figure out what the September 11 terrorist attacks were about. Giuliani then not only disagrees with Paul, but he attacks Paul for daring to think differently about the issue than he does. Then Giuliani comes out and says that because he lived through the September 11 attacks, he's got a better perspective on things. This is a crock. I lived through the September 11 attacks, myself. I was in the World Trade Center half an hour before the first plane hit, and I evacuated the city that day. Regardless, I don't look at having been around on that day as a boost to my foreign policy credentials. (And I'll eat my shoes the day the Republican Party listens to the foreign policy opinions of the majority of New Yorkers.)
Many have argued (as have I) that the Republican Party screwed up on Iraq. A significant problem for them is also that they don't know how to debate on Iraq, or on any other topic, for that matter. They believe in hewing to a singular vision of what's right and good and never straying from it, then brow-beating anyone who does. There's no active debate in the Republican Party these days. This will work as a political strategy for a non-incumbent party or for a country in a (real or perceived) crisis. The Republicans are doomed in the near future unless they can keep up the illusion that we're all in imminent danger of being killed by some dirty foreigners and that the only way to save ourselves is to somehow find and kill them all (whoever "they" are,) the Republicans are in trouble... so it looks like they might be all right, after all...