Surge Overkill: Peace Groups Buck Bush
So peace groups are trying to seize momentum once more, with a day of protests after the president's call for escalating the war. The idea is to meet the president's call for a "surge" with a surge of protest.
After the election, the peace people knew that ending the Iraq disaster wouldn't be easy: Democrats were divided on how forcefully to press for a drawdown of troops, and how fast and extensive a withdrawal to advocate. But that was a disagreement over how to accomplish a particular goal: getting out of Iraq. And while the Iraq Study Group shared that goal, conservative groups like the American Enterprise Institute did not. They have a different aim: victory, or at least something that can be dressed up to look like a win. And their interpretation of not only the war, but also the voters' message, seems to have prevailed in the White House. Now the question is whether Democrats on the Hill will buy it or rather, pay for it.