The Democratic Party is not about opposing imperialist wars in principle. Count on that party to tell the public the truth about weapons of mass destruction, oil and Kurds when it is necessary, the public cannot. That's why candidate for president John Edwards has to say now that he was "fooled" by Bush into supporting the Iraq war (1) when he voted for it in the Senate. Politicians such as presidential candidate Edwards only say what the public wants to hear and that is why we activists need vanguard parties as explained by Lenin. It should also go without saying we do not need leaders like Edwards, Kerry and Clinton who could be fooled by Bush.
A poll now shows 70% disapprove of how Bush is handling the war in Iraq,(2) but only a bare majority favors pulling out within 12 months. There is no better indicator of the weakness of anti-war opinion than the poll concerning Hillary Clinton.
Perceived as "to the right" of Edwards, Obama and Gore on the war, Clinton nonetheless has 76% support among Democrats who oppose the war. That was an ingenious little poll to do. If we take these Democrats who supposedly oppose the war, we see it's not a high priority with them, because they still support Hillary Clinton; even though she voted for the war and still does not favor a pullout now.
The monopoly television networks are talking about the Iraq war non-stop. The overall poll numbers against the war are pretty high, but even at this moment achieved by the heroism of the Iraqi people in defeating the occupiers, the feeling against the war is tepid. If 76% of Democrats opposed to the war still want Hillary Clinton, obviously the Iraq war is not that important to tens of millions of people. The u.$. public never fully mobilizes to oppose an imperialist war.
Sentiment this widespread against a U.$. war we rarely see. It's important now that we see it that it not be overestimated. The other organizations in the united $tates calling themselves socialist or communist generally bought into dumbocracy, and pander to the hopeless majority. Doing so serves the interests of politicians like Hillary Clinton. We at MIM instead attach a proper priority to opposing the imperialist wars, and we don't care if only 20% agree with us. The rest should only be handled by authoritarian means. The Iraqi people's bullets are what are convincing Amerikans.
2. "Clinton out in front with 24-point lead on rival," http://www.guardian.co.uk/usa/story/0,,1995778,00.html