Monday, February 12, 2007

Okay Dems, When Are You Going to Defund this Stupid War?

Good question indeed. Folks from all sides of the political spectrum have been asking that question since the latest Congressional session began. Let's face it. The Dems were swept into majorities (solid in the House, paper thin in the Senate) largely on the premise that the Bu$hCo policy had been a miserable failure, if not entirely immoral from the get-go. Certainly Pelosi and Reid (et al.) would have known that the rubber would meet the road, and the voters would expect some action. So what do we get? Nonbinding resolutions - maybe, as even that has been in doubt. The A-list liberal bloggers seem perfectly content with the state of things, as near as I can tell (after all, the great hopes for 2008, such as Clinton, Obama, etc. will no doubt lead the charge against Iran, who were after all the "real" threat, ho ho).

Where's MoveOn and similar organizations? Nowhere to be found. As I said before, folks, the fix is in. The addiction to war and power is far too ingrained to be stopped by millions of voters or marchers. No. A more serious intervention will be needed, I'm afraid. I'm guessing that intervention date is drawing near. Bet on it. In the meantime, a few words from one of the few Dems worth a damn, Russ Feingold (via Glenn Greenwald):
As Russ Feingold explained in a Daily Kos diary announcing his opposition to the Warner/Levin "anti-surge" resolution:
We owe it to ourselves to demand action that will bring about change in Iraq, not take us back to a failed status quo.

Democrats in Congress have seemingly forgotten that we were in power when Congress authorized the President to go to war in Iraq. . . . We also have to remember that in November, Americans sent over 30 new Democratic Representatives and eight new Democratic Senators plus a very progressive Independent to fix a failed Iraq policy. The public is craving change in Iraq and a resolution like this one will not cut it. Now is the time for strong action.
Those are the type of arguments which one expects to find among anti-war activists and bloggers, yet one sees relatively little dissatisfaction, and almost no anger, directed at the Democratic leadership for its refusal even to force a vote on genuine war-ending measures. It is unclear why that is -- perhaps there are good reasons for it -- but those reasons are difficult to discern, and these seem like questions worth examining.
Food for thought.

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