Tag Archive | "The War"

Dems Can Stand Firm

I don’t think the Democrats have gone far enough in the legislation to end the war. Having said that, there is no reason for the Democratic leadership to give an inch to the madman in the White House. The public stands behind the Democrats on the issue and, apparently, despite Bush’s attempt to use the […]

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They Are Just Small Boxes Now

One way to judge that the war has gone on far too long–yes, it should never have started–is how death seems to become routine. Five soldiers were killed on Sunday due to car bombs exploding in Baghdad and areas near the capitol–yet their deaths only merit a short, buried story in The New York Times. […]

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Heroes of the Vote

I understand the rationale that people are giving for the vote on the supplemental appropriations bill–that it, for the first time, sets a deadline for withdrawal of the troops. But, I think those people who pushed for an end to the war this year are heroes, as the After Downing Street people show.

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Pelosi Comes Down Hard

Nancy Pelosi, in a move that is still perplexing to me, is going all out to pass the supplemental appropriations bill that funds the war for a very long time. According to The Hill, she’s playing hard-ball with the anti-war caucus: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is holding the implied threat of lost committee seats over […]

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No More Blank Checks: Vote NO on Iraq War Money

I am perplexed and aghast that the Democratic leadership is moving ahead to fund Bush’s continued war in Iraq. That is the upshot of the supplemental appropriations bill that is moving to a vote as early as Wednesday. But, a handful of courageous progressives could stop this shameful funding of the war and bring the […]

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Four Years Too Long

In lamenting the devastation of the war, the media typically focuses on the 3,216 American soldiers who have been killed in the war. And, yes, I can’t stand reading the lists of the dead because you just see the lives of 20-year-old kids gone, poof… But, let’s remember that over half a million–500,000 AND UP, […]

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This Is Cutting And Running

This is sad. So-called anti-war groups like MoveOn.Org and Win Without War are now abandoning the effort to cut off funding for the war–an effort that, in my humble opinion, is the best strategy to end the violence in Iraq and bring the troops home. This was first reported on Politico.com: Top House Democrats, working […]

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Make Bush Pay For The War

Why not call the president’s bluff on his escalation plan and continued funding for the war–using the very principle the Democrats declared would be a rock-solid commitment for all new spending? Pay as you go or, in Beltway lingo, “pay-go.” Personally, I do not support the obsession with the deficit as a short-term emergency. BUT, […]

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Herbert on the March

Bob Herbert has a good column today in the protest against the escalation and continued occupation of Iraq. The column is behind the Times’ Selection subscription. Here’s a snippet: But the thought that kept returning as I watched the earnestly smiling faces, so many of them no longer young, was the way these protesters had […]

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End The War Legislation

Yesterday, I wrote about the terrible economic costs of the war. And, lo and behold, yesterday, the progressives in the House announced legislation to end the war. The bill, entitled “The Bring Our Troops Home and Sovereignty of Iraq Restoration Act” would: 1. Withdraw all U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq within six months […]

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What the War Costs

Better late than never. The New York Times, which was a cheerleader for going to war (from its editorial pages, its news pages and, of course, from the most idiotic of all columnists, his lordship Tom Friedman), finally has a piece today on the economic costs of the war. The issue may have been mentioned […]

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MLK Day

I spent a number of hours at a commeration today for Martin Luther King, Jr. A number of speakers reminded the audience of King’s anti-Vietnam War speech and how, if he were alive today, King would no doubt be leading the opposition to the Iraq War (yes, he would be a very senior statesman by […]

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Which Labor Leaders Are Opposing Escalation?

I have seen two statements–one by John Sweeney and one by Gerry McEntee, opposing the insane escalation of the war. Post in the comments section any other such statements. Here’s McEntee’s: “The President’s decision to escalate the war in Iraq is reckless and wrong. It’s bad foreign policy and takes away the resources we need […]

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3000 and Counting

I took part in one of the many vigils that took place around the country to mark the awful arrival of the number 3,000–actually, it’s now 3,004 American men and women who have been killed in the illegal and immoral war in Iraq. Along with Cindy Sheehan and others, I read a portion of the […]

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3,000 and Counting

As we ring in the New Year, Saddam Hussein may have been rushed to the gallows but 3,000 U.S. men and women are dead (and more than 20,000 wounded in hostile action injuries) because of this immoral war–not to mention hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. From Reuters: The number of U.S. military deaths in […]

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Murder in Iraq–Bush To Blame

It’s a sad story to read: U.S. soldiers charged with murder in Iraq over the deaths of civilians in Haditha. I’m sure, over time, we’re going to read stories about the accused–how they were regular guys, probably loved animals and were solid family people and pillars of their community…or certainly some of them. i’m not […]

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