Anti-War Groups Lost the War Against the War
This article in the Politico pretty much sums up what has become of the Anti-War movement, which was really a hate Bush movement. The simple reason the Anti-war movement lost was that they were 75% special interest groups. It was not a grass roots feeling in America and never was. The other reason is it was fueled by hate. So much hate that it did not matter to them if the USA lost in Iraq. After 9/11 most of the Democrats voted for the war. When things started going bad they saw a political opportunity and went for it and fought against the interests of the US troops for six years. Something the Republicans will exploit in the general election...
After a series of legislative defeats in 2007 that saw the year end with more U.S. troops in Iraq than when it began, a coalition of anti-war groups is backing away from its multimillion-dollar drive to cut funding for the war and force Congress to pass timelines for bringing U.S. troops home.
In recognition of hard political reality, the groups instead will lower their sights and push for legislation to prevent President Bush from entering into a long-term agreement with the Iraqi government that could keep significant numbers of troops in Iraq for years to come.
The groups believe this switch in strategy can draw contrasts with Republicans that will help Democrats gain ground in November and bring the votes to pass more dramatic measures. But it is a long way from the early months of 2007, when Democrats were freshly in power and momentum for a dramatic shift in Iraq policy seemed overpowering.
“There was a consensus that last year was not productive,” John Isaacs, executive director of Council for a Livable World, said of a meeting attended by a coalition of anti-war groups last week. “Our expectations were dashed.”