Since Iran is going to be on the agenda, the President may want to gage what kind of support he can expect from Democratic heavy hitters if he feels it necessary to escalate the crisis, probably within a few weeks.I’m suspicious. If this is an attempt to get Democrat support for military action, it won’t work. No matter how much force is justified, if Bush bombs Iran, Madeleine Albright will say he didn’t exhaust diplomatic options. We should have blown Iraq and Iran away in October, 2001; instead Bush wasted a year and a half building a coalition before invading Iraq. And liberals still say we rushed into war.
Bringing Democrats into the process in any serious way can only bog down the war effort. But if he wants to make a polite show of listening to Democrats, that’s okay. I think. They might find some way to use even that against Bush.
Bush has to understand by now that the only enemy the Democrats are serious about destroying is Republicans.