The Fifth Horseman: Bad News for The Chickenhawk Brigade

Monday, August 22, 2005


Bad News for The Chickenhawk Brigade

This summer hasn't been very kind to Bush and the Chickenhawk Brigade. Between Cindy Sheehan, increased opposition to the war on Capital Hill, plummeting approval ratings, and an increasingly hostile media, Bush's Iraq War policy has been taking a lot of flak.

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has, over the past couple weeks, become one of the most prominent critics of the Administration's Iraq policy. In addition to comments last week and in June, Hagel spoke harshly of the administration yesterday on ABC's "This Week":

"We should start figuring out how we get out of there...but with this understanding, we cannot leave a vacuum that further destabilizes the Middle East. I think our involvement there has destabilized the Middle East. And the longer we stay there, I think the further destabilization will occur."

Even more encouraging is the recent behavior of the Democrats. It seems the Democrats are finally establishing themselves as a pro-peace alternative to Administration war-mongering. Yesterday on NBC's "Meet The Press", Democratic Senator Russ Feingood called for his fellow democrats to establish a firm pro-peace position:

"...the Democrats are making the same mistake they made in 2002, to let the administration intimidate them into not opposing this war, when so many of us knew it wasn't a good idea."

In addition to increasingly harsh criticism from both sides of the aisle, the Chickenhawk Brigade has started to take some damage from the Main Stream Media. Beginning with the MSM's constant coverage of Cindy Sheehan, the MSM has stepped up its barrage upon the Bush Administration in the recent weeks. Perhaps most damaging of all was CNN's special report entitled "Dead Wrong", which aired last night. "Dead Wrong" chronicled, in depth, the intelligence failures that led up to the invasion of Iraq. Although CNN revealed little to no new information, the program is still a promising sign for us principled left-wingers. The sheer fact that CNN would air a program such as "Dead Wrong" during Prime Time indicates that the Main Stream Media may actually be ready to ask some real questions of the Administration.

As feeble as CNN's initial effort was, it is nonetheless encouraging that they even tried to do a serious investigation of the Administration. However, this will mean nothing unless CNN and the other networks (except Fox, of course) will pick up this vein of investigation as well. We can only hope.

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