TITLE

Party Line

AUTHOR(S)
Beinart, Peter
PUB. DATE
November 2003
SOURCE
New Republic;11/3/2003, Vol. 229 Issue 18, p8
SOURCE TYPE
Periodical
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
This article asserts that partisanship dominates the U.S. congressional debate about president George W. Bush's request for $87 billion to rebuild Iraq. In early May 1999, Washington Post reporter Guy Gugliotta asked conservative think-tanker Robert Kagan why the supposedly hawkish congressional GOP was so hostile to Bill Clinton's war in Kosovo. It's worth remembering that history today, in the wake of widespread Democratic opposition to President Bush's $87 billion request to reconstruct Iraq. Ideologically, it makes no sense that Democrats--who say keeping the United States safe requires improving the lives of people in the Muslim world--would oppose Bush's request for grants to rebuild Iraq. Democrats voted against the reconstruction money for the same reason Republicans opposed the Kosovo war: They consider the president a dangerous liar and don't want to empower him in any way.This year, Joseph Biden--the closest thing the Senate Democrats have to a foreign policy wise man--made a similar argument about the $87 billion, calling on his colleagues to put hostility toward Bush aside and recognize that the United States has to rebuild Iraq.
ACCESSION #
11189951

 

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