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Well, it appears that a significant number of Democrats in the House of Representatives are going to give Bush the Iraq war funding bill he wants, with no timetables for withdrawal. Despite the fact that about 2/3 of the country is against the war, and more than half the country wants a timetable for withdrawal. The Democrats are so terrified of being seen as “weak on terror” or “not supporting our troops” that they’ll let thousands more die, so that their political opponents can’t smear them with it in a campaign ad in the future. Cowardly fucking assholes.
Yes, Democrats, if you keep opposing the war, someone might claim that you’re anti-war and try to use that against you. And maybe, as forgetful and gullibile as some Americans are, that might cost you a future election. I don’t fucking care. If your political careers need to die to bring this catastrophe to an end, then fall on your fucking swords. You’ll survive, as an honorary professor at a prestigious university, or the head of a wealthy foundation, or making bank on the lecture circuit, or writing your memoirs. It’s not like you’re gonna starve.
Before and during the war, small numbers of dedicated antiwar activists put their bodies on the line to try to stop it, actually trying to prevent shipments of arms or supplies, trying to physically stop the activities necessary to start and/or maintain the war and occupation. They failed, and even if they’d succeeded, they would have made little significant impact. But had Congress chosen to stop funding this war, they have achieved those activists’ goals, on a massive scale– not stopping a single train, but stopping all of the military activities cold.
But they didn’t. It looks like they’re taking the cowardly, racist way out, calling for “benchmarks”, so that they can support the war, but blame the Iraqis themselves for the crisis we caused. Or, to paraphrase a bitter comment from an Iraqi journalist, we can blame their flesh for hurting our knives.
If you want to call your Rep and tell them to vote against this fucking bill, get the info quick and easy here. Maybe it’s not too late.
TV newsman Keith Olbermann ripped all these politicians a new one tonight, click here. It’s worth a watch, if only to envision what a free and adversarial news media might look like.
Somewhat related, you may have heard the recent news report that Bush has authorized covert actions against Iran, intended to destabilize that government. Of course, I think we’ve been doing just that for over a year now.
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