TALKING ABOUT THE WAR. Good for the Democrats. Yesterday's congressional leadership letter on Iraq doesn't really break any new ground, policy-wise. It does, however, break new ground in terms of the Democrats trying to instigate debate on the Iraq War rather than trying to avoid the issue until forced to respond to Republican attacks. This is the right way to go. The politics of Iraq are a bit tricky for the Democrats, but at the end of the day the war is unpopular and substantively disastrous -- it's something the opposition party ought to be on the offensive about.