Iraq Supplemental Vote: Profiles in Cowardice, Stupidity and War Mongering
The fact that so many progressives are celebrating the passage of this bill is mind boggling. Playing the game, getting something rather than nothing now substitutes for substance. Although that is not fair because in reality the Democratic leadership does not want the war over and in fact are helping to pave the way forward to war on Iran. Bush is right for once when he called this political theater. They have set the bill up to make maximum political advantage as the 2008 elections approach without sacrificing the war.
Bush has his money to carry on the war as he sees fit. What happens if Bush simply does not withdraw the troops? That will place the Democrats in the position of not supporting the troops. But what the Democrats want is to use Bush’s actions combined with dissatisfaction with the war to gain the presidency in 2008. But the war will continue.
It’s like Kabuki theater, only with performers wearing more makeup in an attempt to cover their motives. The upcoming war on Iran is following the same buildup as that before Iraq. Note that the Democrats removed language requiring Bush to fulfill his constitutional duty and get Congressional approval for an attack on Iran. This, in essence, gives Bush the green light. It simply says you don’t have to check with us. Go ahead and attack Iran. Now I’m sure that the Democrats will exhibit faux outrage at not being consulted. All the Democratic presidential candidates are falling all over themselves trying to convince the Israeli money machine that they support Israel more than anyone else and will stand up to the great Iranian threat. This, despite the fact that Israel has enough nukes to destroy much of the world.
Lets consider this:
They got a breakthrough Thursday when four of the bill's most consistent critics said they would not stand in its way. California Democrats Lynn Woolsey, Diane Watson, Barbara Lee and Maxine Waters said they would help round up support for the bill despite their intention to personally vote against it because it would not end the war immediately.
"Despite my steadfast opposition, I have told the speaker that I will work with her to obtain the needed votes to pass the supplemental, but that in the end I must vote my conscience," said Rep. Diane Watson, D-Calif. AP Report
Now these actions are considered Profiles In Courage when in fact they are clearly a means of having it both ways, i.e. maintaining their place within the Dem leadership while convincing their constituents that they are anti-war. Blatant hypocrisy now is thought to be something to be praised.
Lets look at a little discussed paragraph of the Supplemental.
Meanwhile, about halfway through the 80-page supplemental bill is a section that demands that the Iraqi government enact “a broadly accepted hydro-carbon law that equitably shares oil revenues among all Iraqis” by this fall. That sounds perfectly fine, but the law in question turns out to be one that the Bush Administration and American energy firms have been pushing for years and that, as Antonia Juhasz of Oil Change International explained last week in a New York Times op-ed, would allow international companies to take control of much of Iraq's oil “for a generation or more,” with no requirements to reinvest earnings in the country. Juhasz noted elsewhere that the Bush Administration dismissed nearly all of the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group Report—save for the recommendation that called for the United States to “assist Iraqi leaders to reorganize the national oil industry as a commercial enterprise” and to “encourage investment in Iraq's oil sector by the international community and by international energy companies.” LINK
Kucinich gets it right.
Congressman Dennis Kucinich has been circulating a “Dear Colleague” letter that asks, so far to no avail, that the call for passage of the oil law be stripped from the measure. “We cannot . . . support this law and continue to claim our actions are in the best interest of the Iraqi people,” he wrote.
Meanwhile the benchmarks imposed on the Iraq government in the bill can be unilaterally verified by Bush. Now that’s what I call hard hitting commitment to oversight. LINK
So as the Democrats and so called progressives pat thmselves on the back for their political maneuvering one is left with the image of a bunch of morons celebrating their progress in lining up the deck chairs as the ship fills up with water and then sinks. Lets be clear the path to all out war in the Middle East is still on track. The attack on Iran is imminent. One cannot understate the magnitude of the diaster this will be. The end result will be the use of tactical nukes, an uprising by other Muslim countries against the US, attacks against the US homeland which will then generate the desired war fervor, and the “war of civilizations” will be in full bloom. One only has to look at the greatly destablized world we already live in as a result of the war party’s actions. The color revolution in Lebanon has been destroyed and turned into war by proxy and instability. Somalia has been returned to utter instabilty and continuous war as our Ethiopian proxies fight against supposed alQaeda elements. Never mind that Somalia has the 2nd largest oil reserves in the area. The plan is simple. Failed, unstable states provide a blank slate on which American driven policy can be writ.
But what is the most worrisome is the instability that is appearing in Pakistan. Although the fundamentalist are a modest percentage of the population one still has to worry what the result of a battle for power will be.
So the reality of all out war in the Middle East becomes closer every day. Yet people like me who see the slaughter of millions of people for their resources as inherently immoral are considered left-wing lunatics. If so, it clearly points out the hypocrisy of the Amerian myth. The war train has left the station. The Democrats just want to drive the train.