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July 3, 2004
Democrats Walk The Fantasy Plank With Platform

The Democrats have put together their platform for the 2004 election and have submitted it to the full platform committee for final approval next weekend in Miami. The Washington Post's Dan Balz was granted a look at the proposal, and in his report notes that the Democrats seem prepared to continue their assault on the truth right up to November 2nd:

The 16,000-word document skirts some potentially divisive issues within the party, particularly with regard to Iraq. A strong majority of Democrats believes it was a mistake for the president to launch the war in Iraq, but the platform says only, "People of good will disagree about whether America should have gone to war in Iraq."

With polls showing many Democrats want to bring U.S. forces home as quickly as possible, the draft platform declares, "We cannot allow a failed state in Iraq that inevitably would become a haven for terrorists and a destabilizing force in the Middle East."

While the platform calls for increasing the size of the U.S. military by 40,000 troops, it takes no position on whether more U.S. forces are needed in Iraq. Instead, the document says the United States must find support from other countries. "We must truly internationalize both politically and military; we cannot depend on a U.S.-only presence" in Iraq.

This breathtakingly stupid and erroneous statement fully represents the extent to which the fantasists have overtaken the Democrats in this election cycle. The Democrats apparently still refuse to recognize the contributions of the British, who have 10,000 troops still in Iraq; the Poles, who continue to maintain thousands of troops, some of whom found more evidence of WMD earlier this week; the Italians, who have suffered several battle casualties; and the South Koreans, which agreed to send 3,000 more troops for support roles despite the brutal beheading of one of its citizens.

As usual, the Me Party continues its America-First policies and trivializes our allies as "fraudulent," and then turns around and claims that they can conduct diplomacy better than the Bush administration. It's hard to see how that could possibly happen when they fail to recognize our friends and their sacrifice on behalf of the free world. Their official statement of policy is an offense to the dozens of nations who stand shoulder to shoulder with the US against Islamofascism, on the ground in Iraq in this phase of the war.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at July 3, 2004 5:32 PM

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