As a Republican senator during the decision to go to war in Iraq who has since left the party, Lincoln Chafee has a nearly unique perspective. DailyKos
has a fascinating post quoting Chafee on why so many Democrats (including Clinton) voted to authorize the use of force in Iraq
. Chafee’s claim — that many personally anti-invasion Democrats voted to allow Bush to invade because they were afraid of political fallout — is exactly what I had assumed, but it’s useful to hear it from somebody who was in a position to know and who is no longer beholden to either major party.
I think I may want to read Chafee’s book.