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Bush regime in crisis
THE BUSH administration is experiencing an acute political crisis only one year after the US president was comfortably re-elected.
As the socialist has previously commented, the deadly combination of an unwinnable war, a web of intrigue and corruption and Hurricane Katrina - which lifted the lid on the poverty and racism scarring the US - means this is a generalised crisis not just for Bush and his presidency but for the system itself.
63% of the US people now say that some or all US troops in Iraq should now be withdrawn, while a record high 59% said the invasion was a mistake. Bush's personal standing in opinion polls is lower even than Ronald Reagan's during the Iran-Contra scandal, who had 45% support compared to 39% for Bush.
The dissatisfaction of the American people and particularly the working class is now of volcanic proportions. The students' walkout on 2 November (see reports below) is one indicator of this growing anger. But, as with Britain, there is not as yet a mass force capable of galvanising this mood. The Democrats, as a party of big business, are no alternative.
Only by preparing for a US mass workers' party will a new road be opened up which can end the nightmare of unwinnable and bloody wars, a failing economic system and increasing class divide.
USA: anti-war protests: Successful student walkouts across country
In The Socialist 17 November 2005: