One thing I don't particularly care for is, triangulation. And Sen Hillary Clinton is becoming one of the better triangulation artists, we have seen in a long while. Take a look at this article.
WASHINGTON (AP) - Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton said Friday she would not have attacked Iraq if she were president in 2002 and would end the war if elected, as she tried to blunt rivals like John Edwards who are stoking anti-war passions in the Democratic Party.
Now contrast it with this video (which can no longer be embedded). (HT: AC)
Nothing is going to get solved if we keep beating a dead horse, here. Not one damned thing is going to be resolved if we keep hammering away at what we have already been hammering away at for the last five years.
We have some deep problems in this world and they cannot be solved by staying in the "decision to go to war" debate. We need to be in solution mode, not blame-game mode. It is my firm contention that arguing about how to deal with the situation (in the here and now), is certainly fair game. Arguing about whose solution is best or worst, is a valid debate. But, we cannot get stuck on something just to win an election, not if we are sincere in wanting to solve these problems.
In 2008, there sorely needs to be a resurrection of the concept that elections need to be a competition of ideas, on how to solve the serious problems (that are currently getting over-looked because of mudslinging partisanship). They should not be used on a referendum of Bush and why we went to war, especially because, he's not a candidate and we are already at war.
Shallow, feel-good rhetoric isn't what is needed, either. Telling people what you feel they want to hear just to garner their support is not going to come up with sound and viable solutions, in some magical way. Debating cause and effect, gets us nowhere. Smoothing it over, doesn't either. It might win an election, but after the swearing-in, the people will want to see results. We cannot see results from those that campaign on what they should or shouldn't have done, in the past.
Want solutions? Develop some ideas, discuss them, and then promote them. Conflict resolution is about finding common ground and working from there. It's not about picking fights endlessly, until someone is destroyed. Doing that only widens the gap and makes it more difficult to reconcile.