Antiwar dissent goes mainstream

Kennedy calls for a phased withdrawal from Iraq

U.S. military presence has become part of the problem, senator says. His speech could fuel a growing movement to bring troops home.

A day before Kennedy’s address, a group of 23 House Democrats introduced a resolution calling on President Bush to begin the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq.

“Our very presence in Iraq is the cause of much of the violence,” said Rep. Lynn C. Woolsey (D-Petaluma), one of the sponsors. “We have a moral responsibility to leave in order to stem the violence.”

Yeah, it’s way overdue, and yeah, the dissent, right now, is coming from the most liberal of congresscritters. But it IS there, and that is a sea change indeed.