You can be for it, or against it, but what if you ignore it completely? Can you still claim the public’s mandate?
Foreign policy and self-defense was the DPJ’s next-to-last item in its policy manifest. There’s nothing wrong with that, except it has 21 lines on Iraq but absolutely nothing on the War on Terror or Afghanistan itself, when it knew that the counterterrorism bill would be up for renewal.
Public mandate, or slavishly tracking the public polls? I report, you decide.