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Afghanistan: A Politically Driven War

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Crossposted at Huffington Post.

Here we go again. The Democrats are playing politics with another war. The Dems are always good to criticize war, but when it comes to stopping it, they fold like cheap suits -- even with total control of Congress and the White House.

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As demonstrated with Iraq, it seems they're prepared to allow the war in Afghanistan to continue no matter how bloody and costly, all so they can throw mud at the Republicans to win elections. Unpopular wars seem politically good for them.

Check out Chris Wallace's Q&A session with Howard Dean on Sept. 6:

WALLACE: All right. Let me get into one more subject.
Governor Dean, the president will reportedly decide in the next few weeks whether or not to send more troops to Afghanistan. As a leader of the anti-war movement when it came to Iraq, will the liberal wing of the Democratic Party -- will you -- support the president if he deepens our commitment in that war?

DEAN: I'm not so sure I'm the liberal wing, but I guess I'm the -- I'm appointed by you the head of the liberal wing or whatever. No, I -- look, I've supported the president on this one. I think this is different than Iraq. I think there are people who mean the United States harm over there.

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I think -- I was very pleased to say the -- hear the president a few months ago say, "Look, we can't win this war militarily." He gets what we have to do here. And it is true that American public opinion is not supportive of the war effort anymore.

I think this does have something to do with security to the United States. I do believe it has something to do with the role of women in these kinds of societies. I think we ought to be supportive of the role of women and their ability to get an education and things like that. I don't think that's the only reason we're there.

But I'm supportive of the president, and I'm going to continue to be supportive of the president on Afghanistan.

WALLACE: Well, I'm glad we were able to reach these cross-party....

DEAN: Yeah.

WALLACE: ... and intra-party divide.

DEAN: You see, it can work. It can work.

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WALLACE: I brought -- I helped bring you all together. Thank you all for coming in on this holiday weekend, and especially giving the president some advice on what he should say on Wednesday night. We'll see whether he takes it.

Wallace was referring to the very short period of solidarity between Lamar Alexander, Newt Gingrich, John Podesta and Howard Dean

When those four guys start beating the same war drum -- look out.

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John Bruhns is an Iraq war veteran. He writes on politics and Mideast conflict.

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