I tried very hard to solve this problem before we went to war, by saying declare war if you want to go to war; go to war, fight it and win it, but don’t get into it for political reasons or to enforce U.N. resolutions or pretend the Iraqis were a national threat to us.
Thus spoke Ron Paul. And he’s right… we haven’t done so well in undeclared wars.
(as an aside, that doesn’t take anything away from the fact that the Hussein regime in Iraq was giving material aid and comfort to terrorists who struck the United States – which is a legitimate grounds for war)
Likewise – if you view the extended answer – I still maintain that the Republican loss in the 2006 elections was based more on the betrayal of their base than by the war. The Republican base by and large was silenced not by the superior wisdom of the anti-war crowd, but by simple disgust at the irresponsible behavior coming out of Washington (a la the bridge to nowhere). People might say that it’s the war that they’re upset about. But people are sheep, they do as they’re told, and when the Republicans got mad at the politicians with a little (R) next to their name, they quit saying things for the sheep to hear. And thus, the sheep only heard one side of the story.