"We are not retreating. We are advancing in another direction."
-- Douglas MacArthur
Dear friends, as we have recently witnessed the 5th anniversary of the sacking, looting, and colonization of Iraq, let us heed these immortal words of one of our great generals from the "good" war, Dubyuh Dubyuh Two. Just like we did at the end of Vietnam.
I know, you're going to tell me that you too heard our Plunderer in Chief being his usual cheery arrogant optimistic self, gushing effusively about "how well the surge is working" even though it isn't, except to allow Bechtel and Halliburton to put the finishing touches on the Grecian marble columns around the McDonald's in the Green Zone and the flourishes to the trim in the cabinetry in the Permanent Military Bases that will remain there longer than a herpes virus.
I wish I could share his optimism, but fact is, we have killed at least 89,760 innocent civilians in the Mesopotamian crescent, and some estimates go as high as 600-thousand (because not all deaths are reported, and there are many mass graves from Sunni death squads, kinda like Serbia and Darfur, only they don't get reported either).
3,992 American soldiers are now fertilizing Forest Lawn, and more than 29,395 (some say 100-thousand) have come home missing vital pieces of their bodies, including parts of their brain, legs, arms, and reproductive organs. This disingenuous number doesn't even take into account the thousands of civilian PMCs (Private Military Contractors) who have died and were never reported because they didn't have Army dog tags.
And then there is the appalling Sticker Shock. We are now spending $3-BILLION DOLLARS on this horror EVERY WEEK. And it's all on America's bad credit cards. The war can also be blamed for the ever-increasing cost of gas, which increases inflation on all fronts, from heating our homes to eyeglasses, from pizza to DVDs. This combined with the really evil predatory sub-prime loans has destroyed our economy. We are coasting on our laurels at this point, with a Collection Agency sword of Damocles hanging over our heads.
And it all comes back to the war.
So 75% of America opposes the war, just as we did back in 1971, but the damn thing won't stop. What's a patriot to do?
Well, obviously peace demonstrations aren't cutting it. Although I continue to go to them, as I do every March 19, the anniversary of the invasion in 2003. (March 19 was also my 20th Wedding Anniversary; my wife Janet and I have been demonstrating on our anniversary since 2003; this is how we celebrate until the war ends.)
A group on the East Coast has asked people in every time zone to stop for 3 minutes at 6:00 pm Pacific Time (9:00 pm Eastern) to pray, meditate, and to send positive thoughts for peace, every day starting today until the war ends. I'm doing that too.
But honestly, I think the best thing we can all do is to vote with our pocketbooks and our ballots to get a True Majority in the House and Senate who will bring the troops home, along with a President committed to ending this war and not starting another new one in Iran, as the current bloodthirsty horde seems bent upon doing. The problem we have right now is, if we cut off funding for the war, The Oligarchy Corporation currently in charge of our Armed Forces would just leave the troops there, stranded without food, clothing, weapons, or transportation, and then use the media that they own and control to blame this shameful debacle on the Democrats.
You know they would.
So what we have to do (besides demonstrate, pray, and meditate) is to vote in large enough numbers that they cannot discount the people's will with voter fraud, as they have done lo these past 7 years.
I hear you arguing, "Well, we voted the Democrats back into power in 2006 and they haven't done diddly. They haven't stopped the war, and they haven't impeached the war criminals."
True enough. But we don't have those 60 votes in the Senate, nor do we have a 2/3 majority in the House. And with a Justice Department run by the GOP, we can't even prosecute these bastards, nor can we even serve a simple subpoena without contempt. (See Harriet Miers and Josh Bolten.)