Outspoken Hollywood star George Clooney has blasted the US Democrat party for failing to voice opposition in the run up to the Iraq war. The actor and director, who has been branded unpatriotic in some quarters for his overtly political projects SYRIANA and GOOD NIGHT, AND GOOD LUCK, made the tirade via a posting on The Huffington Post blog site. He singled out party leaders for being afraid to attract negative press, or appear unfaithful to their country. He writes, "The fear of (being) criticised can be paralysing. Just look at the way so many Democrats caved in the run up to the war. "In 2003, a lot of us were saying, 'Where is the link between SADDAM (HUSSEIN) and (OSAMA) BIN LADEN? What does Iraq have to do with 9/11?' "We have to agree that it's not unpatriotic to hold our leaders accountable and to speak out."