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Dionne Refights 2002

E. J. Dionne Jr. thinks it was “shameful” to force congressional Democrats to vote on Iraq before the 2002 elections. The poor things were “intimidated” into voting for the war. So: Democrats spent the summer of 2002 demanding a vote. Once their wish was granted, they were forced to vote for a war they thought was against the national interest. Forced, that is, to sacrifice those interests and the lives of American service members in order to win re-election. But it’s Bush’s conduct that was “shameful.”

Ramesh Ponnuru is a senior editor for National Review, a columnist for Bloomberg Opinion, a visiting fellow at the American Enterprise Institute, and a senior fellow at the National Review Institute.

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