Monday, December 31, 2007

Beating the Drum

One thing the Republicans are very good at is reminding the public, again and again and again, of the problems they perceive with Democratic leaders. During the Clinton years, even the smallest scandals -- Travelgate, say -- got mentioned endlessly, again and again, for years on end, even long after they were over.

The Democrats need to take this page out of the Republican playbook. As 2007 comes to a close, the chief scandal of the Bush administration, the Iraq war, seems to be in a somewhat equivocal state. On the one hand, 2007 was the deadliest year of all for U.S. troops, with nearly 900 fatalities; on the other hand, Iraq's security situation has improved considerably over the last few months and the rate of fatalities is down sharply.

But no matter how you look at it, it's still a scandal. The Democrats need to help the public remember:

* In 2003, before the start of the war, Donald Rumsfeld originally said the war would cost less than $50 billion.

* Some weeks later, the Pentagon estimated that the war would cost $60 - $95 billion. Paul Wolfowitz criticized the $95 billion upper end as too high.

* In fact, direct military spending alone already exceeds $368 billion and the total cost may be $1 trillion. Why, the White House just demanded and got another $70 billion.

Perhaps Democrats think the public would get bored if these figures were mentioned over and over again. But if the party situations were reversed, you'd be hearing them every day -- probably more than once.

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