Shooting The Messenger

Though most Americans have pondered their country's march to war with a certain amount of common sense, the same cannot be said for all their representatives on Capitol Hill. In recent weeks the halls of Congress have been fouled by superpatriotic blasts from a small band of conservative legislators. In a throwback to the most divisive days of the Vietnam War, they have impugned the loyalty of dissenters and journalists who raise questions about the Bush Administration's conduct of the war.

During the debate on granting the President authority to use force against Iraq, Gerald B.H. Solomon, the ranking Republican on...

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