At one point the war was the biggest talking point on the Liberal radar.
Now, even though the United States still has roughly 130,000 troops in Iraq, and is quickly escalating the war in Afghanistan — 68,000 troops there by the end of this year, and possibly more in 2010 — anti-war voices on the Left have fallen silent.
What’s most telling is that, so far, Obama’s war policy has been pretty much a continuation of the Bush administration’s war policy. If Obama was changing things up, I guess Lefties could argue that he inherited Bush’s mess but was turning things around. But the fact that things are pretty much unchanged means, of course, that it wasn’t the war at all that they were against.
Compare this to the Conservatives’ big issue these days. Sure, few Conservatives have much love for Obama. But are they protesting the proposed health care reforms out of hate for the President? Or because they dislike the proposed health care reforms?
One other thing, though, is that maybe the “silence” of the anti-war voices is due more to lack of coverage by the media. At one point, the anti-war types were the darlings of the newscast. Now, if there are solid anti-war types out there still making noise, decision-makers might rather that no one see or hear them.