This week, we as a nation find ourselves in a surreal political position. We are awaiting the results of the "Petraeus" report as if that report were actually an independent account untouched by the White House Communications Office and as if this piece of propaganda could in any way alter the Bush agenda.
General Petraeus is the same good soldier who breathlessly announced to the press that Saddam had mobile weapons labs when he knew those vehicles were weather balloon stations. Remember? That Petraeus.
This same week, all over the country, anti war and impeachment activists are preparing for demonstrations on 9/15. There will be a march on Washington. There will be marches and vigils and protests all over the country. Here in San Francisco, three thousand of my neighbors and I will spell out the word "Impeach" with our bodies. This is our third attempt to convey our needs visually and materially to our ever more remote representative, Nancy Pelosi.
We invited the Speaker to take the fourth seat in the chopper that will video tape our action -- so she could get the best possible view of her constituents' wishes. Pelosi was unable to find a two hour block to hold a town hall meeting during the August break so we thought; this would be an efficient way for her to reconnect with her district.
Unfortunately, she is unavailable that day. When we offered the seat to anyone on her staff, we were told no one was available that day. I can only hope that the whole office is out hitting the streets that day, helping homeless veterans retrieve the lives that the Bush Administration has stolen from them.
My representative is not a timid person or politician. She coined the phrase "miserable failure", if I'm not mistaken, giving a timely expression to what so many of us felt and knew. But that was years ago. That "miserable failure" has since morphed into a global danger and a domestic menace.