Tuesday, December 26, 2006

Iraq: The Republican War

In the 1950s and 60s one of the attacks on Democrats was that Democratic Presidents got America into wars. There was some justification for that charge. WWI, WWII, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War were all started under Democratic Presidents, and except for WWI, Democratic Presidents were supported in these wars by Democratic-controlled Congresses.

Well, this current war is a Republican War. A Republican President urged support for this war, and a Republican-controlled Congress went along with him. It was a Republican Secretary of State who went to the United Nations and told them that there was proof that Iraq was hiding weapons of mass destruction. It was a Republican Vice-President who claimed that our troops would be greeted as liberators.

The result? We have now lost more troops in the Iraq War than we lost civilians on September 11, 2001. ( Article here: http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20061226/ap_on_re_mi_ea/iraq ) Americans don't feel any safer, bin Laden is still at large, hundred of Iraqis are dying each month because of sectarian violence, and America's standing in the world has plummented. Meanwhile, the Taliban, who sheltered the evil organization that attacked us, is enjoying a resurgence in Afghanistan.

In the 2008 presidential election, the question will be whether the Republican Party nominee can escape political retribution for the horrible mistakes of the Bush Administration. This will be especially true if the GOP nominee is John McCain, who is now calling for more troops to go to Iraq. The only way that could happen would be if the Democratic Party nominee was a person who supported the war and if such a nominee was not able to articulate a foreign policy vision that would avoid such a disaster in the future.

1 comment:

wswalcott said...

Starving the Beast

It was sad news to hear Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, President Bush’s mouthpiece, reject the Iraq Study Group’s recommendations to seek help from Iran and Syria in helping resolve the war and occupation of Iraq. Speaking on behalf of Bush and his “stay the course” policy, Rice informed the American people, “The president will not radically change any of his long-term goals or commitment to Iraq”,

It is obvious Bush will not change course in Iraq regardless of how many CIA and military experts - Republicans and Democrats alike inform him we are losing this war and any hope of a democracy in Iraq. It is now up to us, the American people, to change the direction of this war and our country.

We can’t go back and change the Congressional votes that placed our men and women in harm’s way, but there is a way to stop this President, No. We can’t ship him to a naval depot in Iowa like Captain Queeg in “The Caine Mutiny”, Herman Wouk’s 1951 novel about a naval officer losing touch with reality. Here is what we can do.

We can stop funding the war. Congress has the power to do so if we exert pressure on our elected congressional rperesentatives. There is a bill in Congress (HR 4232), introduced by Congressman Jim McGovern of Massachutes that will start the orderly removal of troops from Iraq by cutting off funding for the war The resolution may even be attractive to our fiscally conservative Republicans in that, taking a term from the Republican playbook, “we starve the beast”.

Go to www.pdamerica.org to sign the petition and help bring our troops home. When we reach 100,000 signatures, the Progressive Democrats of America will be deliver the petitons to Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi, reminding Pelosi and Congressional Democrats why we voted for them in November. Let’s make our politicians responsible to the will of the people.

Patrick Carano
Tallmadge Democratic Club
Ohio Progressive Action Coalition