We agree with H. Ross Perot, the Texas entrepreneur and public-policy idea man, on the postwar partisan political debate. He said it was on the third-grade level of name-calling.
Sen. Phil Gramm, R-Texas, didn't even wait for the war to end before he sent out a party fund-raising letter referring to Democrats in Congress as "appeasement before country liberals." Other Republicans have resorted to even more demagogic statements, accusing Democrats of trying to undermine President Bush's efforts. One Republican representative said critics of the president's policies were not good Americans.
This criticism is hitting below the belt. Almost all Democrats in Congress supported the war aims in the gulf. They supported sanctions and a trade embargo, if not force. Most said they would not rule out eventually using force. Democrats in Congress may not have been right in their judgment, but their patriotism was above reproach. The Democrats who led the fight against the use of force in January, immediately rallied around the president as commander-in-chief and supported the war effort after losing in the voting.