Is it possible to oppose the war in Afghanistan and still support the president? On Countdown with Keith Olbermann, Chris Hayes, DC editor of The Nation, presents the upside to answering yes to that question. “Of course it’s logically possible,” he argues, pointing out that the “either or” division is a legacy of the Bush administration and should no longer apply. There was a “fall behind the leader” attitude, Hayes explains, that prevented conservatives from speaking up against the Iraq war–something that could have forestalled that disaster. “You want this healthy tension in the public debate,” he says, hoping that the American left does not commit that Bush-era “tragic error” under the new administration.

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