In answer to Jamison Paul's letter of May 31 and his conclusion that the "Democratic Party has failed us" because it was unable to end the war in Iraq, I hope Paul understands the political realities of the situation.
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First and foremost, President George W. Bush and his neoconservative backers - Dick Cheney, Donald Rumsfeld, Paul Wolfowitz and company - deserve all of the blame for this war, not the Democratic Party.
That the Democrats are unable to stop it is a little more complex than Paul states. The Senate is a 49-49 split with two Independents who swing the balance to the Democrats. One, Sen. Joe Lieberman, D-Conn., is a strong supporter of President Bush's war policy. We Democrats hold the Senate by a very slender thread. There is a larger majority in the House, but we still do not have the numbers to override a presidential veto.
I, too, am disappointed that the Democrats were unable to stop the funding for the war. But to blame the Democrats for this immoral mess? Is Karl Rove at work here? Place the blame where it belongs, squarely with the Republican Party that supported its war president.
Kimberly L. Metcalfe
Chairwoman, Juneau Democrats
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