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I am concerned with the progress of this war. A Washington Post article is reporting on deep divisions within the Republican party over frustrations with how the war has been handled.

Already there is a behind-the-scenes effort by former senior Republican government officials and party leaders to convince President Bush that the advice he has received from Vice President Cheney, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and Deputy Defense Secretary Paul D. Wolfowitz — a powerful triumvirate frequently at odds with Secretary of State Colin L. Powell — has been wrong and even dangerous to long-term U.S. national interests.

I’m for anything that splits the GOP, but in this case it’s rather worrying because it shows a lot of uncertainty about our progress. Despite the administration’s claims to the contrary, it’s becoming increasingly clear that the resistance coming from Iraqi military and civilians alike is unexpected and damaging to the effort.

Secretary Powell is the lone voice of sanity in the ocean of belligerence that’s called the Bush Administration. His resolve has already been weakened, though, but I’m pretty sure history will be of the opinion that it would have been better to have listened to him. We’ll see. Like a lot of people, my approval of this war will depend on the swiftness of its conclusion.

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