Howard Dean Is Not a Progressive

Campaign 2004 Field Guide

Kucinich v. Dean, Issue by Issue

"Howard Dean: the Progressive Anti-War Candidate? Some Vermonters Give Their Views" (Donna Bister, Marc Estrin and Ron Jacobs, CounterPunch, August 29, 2003)

"The Dean Deception; The lying S.O.B." (Justin Raimondo,, August 27, 2003)

"Democratic Contender Dean Alters Cuba Stand; On Easing the Embargo: 'Can't Do it Right Now'" (Peter Waallsten, Associated Press, August 26, 2003)

"Defining Dean" (Fred Hiatt, Washington Post, August 25, 2003)

"A Progressive Case for Dean? Not Yet, Kucinich Is Still Our Man" (John Turri, Common Dreams, August 25, 2003)

"Dean Hopes and Green Dreams: The 2004 Presidential Race" (Norman Solomon, ZNet, August 25, 2003)

"Dean Losing Support on Left For His Stances on Its Issues" (E.J. Kessler, Forward, August 22, 2003)

"Howard Dean's Constitutional Hang-Up; Dean Would Rather Execute an Innocent Man, Than Let a Guilty One Walk Free" (Josh Frank, Dissident Voice, August 16, 2003)

"Howard Dean is Regressive, Not Progressive" (Josh Frank, Palestine Chronicle, August 8, 2003)

----same article on CounterPunch

"Who's the Real Howard Dean?" (William C. Symonds, BusinessWeek Online, August 4, 2003)

"What Liberal Messiah? Howard Dean, left-wing impostor" (William Saletan, Slate, June 23, 2003)  


Position on Middle East Issues

Dean's position doesn't differ from Bush's in desiring a settlement on Israeli terms. In calling only for "some" Israeli settlements to be evacuated, he envisions Israel's retaining portions of the West Bank and perhaps the Gaza Strip. In referring to Israel as a "Jewish state," he accepts its ethnic cleansing of the Palestinians in 1947-48. In demanding that "terrorism stop" before peace talks begin, and in condemning Palestinian, but not Israeli, violence, he adopts the Israeli perspective. In declaring that the parties have to settle this themselves, he fully intends to allow Israel to dictate the terms of any settlement.

In short, Howard Dean will only perpetuate the agony of the Middle East. He rejects the international consensus that a peace agreement will require Israel to leave all of the occupied territories.

Dean's Position

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Petition to Howard Dean for Clarification of Stance on Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (posted August 1, 2003)

"Dean Not Progressive on Mideast" (Ahmed Nassef, AlterNet, June 30, 2003)

"Howard Dean: Hawk in Dove's Clothing?" (Stephen Zunes, Comon Dreams, February 26, 2003)

"In Prexy Bid, Vt. Gov Taps AIPAC Vet; Married to Jew, Courting Others" (E.J. Kessler, Forward, November 22, 2002)