03 January 2007

Bush's Contempt

This cartoon, © Terry Laban, appears in the January issue of In These Times and appears to have been quite prescient. Evidently, in hopes of salvaging a clearly flawed policy, the President plans to send a whole lot more young American service men and women off to risk their lives in Iraq. You can read the impending bad news at Alternet and at the BBC. Meanwhile, The New York Times reports that some Congressional Democrats seem to think that increasing troops is a plausible strategy. I suppose this is unsurprising given that the Democrats were politically supine in the face of the lies BushCo used to justify the Iraq fiasco. In The Washington Post Dan Froomkin links to a whole slew of additional news reports and, more importantly, asks exactly the right questions:

"News reports suggest that Bush's plan is not likely to win enthusiastic support, even from within his own party. But my question is: Where's the outrage? If the vox populi and the cognoscenti agree that throwing more American bodies at the problem will only result in more American deaths, then how is the apparent Bush plan anything short of a betrayal of the troops and an expression of contempt for the will of the people? And is there any more plausible explanation for Bush's behavior than that he is willing to sacrifice more troops so he won't have to admit -- at least not yet -- that he made a mistake? Is that a good enough reason to ask even one more soldier to die?" (stress added)

I hope the Democrats keep questions like these in mind, even if it means facing up to their own complicity. They can differentiate themselves from BushCo by saying, "yes we supported the war but we were wrong to do so; it was a mistake, a disaterous one, and we have got to get out; period."

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