Why the Dems Should Go for It

The right says the party will pay for trying to end the war in Iraq. But the real risk would be not trying hard enough

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) listens to colleagues speak during a news conference. Democrats unveiled legislation requiring a pullout of U.S. troops from Iraq by the fall of 2008.

Since the Democrats won control of Congress last fall, they've been besieged with warnings against acting too aggressively on Iraq. Such "moves carry clear risks for a party that suffered politically for pushing to end an unpopular war in Vietnam," suggested the Washington Post in January. And now that Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid are pushing to bring the troops home next year, the admonitions will probably grow. Just before the Senate narrowly voted down a Democratic resolution calling for withdrawal in 2008, a G.O.P. staff member crowed that "the public won't go for it." Haven't the Democrats learned anything from Vietnam?

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