Wednesday, December 6, 2006

The other half of the War Party shows its fangs

Here's what passes for "progressive" in the US:
In a surprise twist in the debate over Iraq, Rep. Silvestre Reyes, the soon-to-be chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, said he wants to see an increase of 20,000 to 30,000 U.S. troops as part of a stepped up effort to “dismantle the militias.”
The soft-spoken Texas Democrat was an early opponent of the Iraq war and voted against the October 2002 resolution authorizing President Bush to invade that country. That dovish record got prominently cited last week when Speaker designate Nancy Pelosi chose Reyes as the new head of the intelligence panel.
But in an interview with NEWSWEEK on Tuesday, Reyes pointedly distanced himself from many of his Democratic colleagues who have called for fixed timetables for the withdrawal of U.S. troops. Coming on the eve of tomorrow’s recommendations from the bipartisan Baker-Hamilton commission, Reyes’s comments were immediately cited by some Iraq war analysts as fresh evidence that the intense debate over U.S. policy may be more fluid than many have expected.
“We’re not going to have stability in Iraq until we eliminate those militias, those private armies,” Reyes said. “We have to consider the need for additional troops to be in Iraq, to take out the militias and stabilize Iraq … We certainly can’t leave Iraq and run the risk that it becomes [like] Afghanistan” was before the 2001 invasion by the United States.
Never mind that the recent US midterm elections served as a repudiation of the Iraq War debacle (as noted earlier), my guess is that we'll see Dems who might have run on an anti-war platform will quickly backtrack - and apparently a presumed "progressive" may well be one leading the charge. In the US, I suppose, being "progressive" means making life progressively more miserable for those Iraqis unfortunate enough to be in the line of fire. That addiction to imperialism is just so hard to shake, even for the most liberal-minded of our politicians. We'll just add that to the reasons why I'm increasingly distancing myself from the so-called progressive label.

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