Every Democrat who wanted to support a timetable for troop withdrawal but didnt because he or she is afraid of being ousted from office should be ousted from office. Every sniveling Democrat intimidated by Karl Rovian psychology to weave the Iraq oil war into the Global War on Terror should be required to skip basic training and go directly to Iraq along with each George Bush enthusiast in Congress who is supporting the deceptions of the president. The war was waged on lies, continues to be fought based on lies and should be abandoned.
Every Congressperson who refused to demand a timetable for troop withdrawal should be held accountable for the deaths of more than 2500 American troops and, probably, more than 100,000 Iraqis. Not one of the Congresspersons who rejected a timetable while shouting support our troops even once mentioned the hideous reality that our soldiers were sent into battle without proper equipment. Instead, these smarmy sycophants roared their nationalistic platitudes: The choice for the American people is clear; dont run in the face of danger. Victory will be our exit strategy. Given BushCos reprehensible policy of detainee torture, the face of danger for our troops is uglier and puts them at greater peril.
Each Congressperson who rejected a timetable for troop withdrawal should be forced to read Howard Zinns A Peoples History of the United States on that long, plane ride to Baghdad, paying close attention to the chapter on Viet Nam. The disaster in Iraq mirrors the disaster there. Actually, every Zinn chapter is worthy of close attention. Anyone who reads this and understands the imperialistic thirst and bloodlust of most of our administrations would be ashamedwould start screaming to bring the troops home, and would abandon those claiming that support for our military translates into keeping soldiers in battle.
Each of us must refuse the false patriotism of the Bush coconspirators and repudiate decisions based on fabrications. Choose the patriotism that truly supports our troops by honoring their lives with actions to keep them out of harms way. Our present leadership has been derelict in its responsibility to our soldiers and their safety.
Demand accountability. Insist that your Congressperson make a commitment to truth. Reject the lies and mistakes of George Bush, say no to a war based on lies, and say no to those who further those deceptions. Speak loudly. And if your representatives or senators continue to fund this war with which you disagree, demand that they get off their sorry, sedentary asses and fight the war, not in the safety of the Beltway among themselves, but suited in military gear80 pounds of it in 100 degree Iraq heat. Insist they put their own lives and their childrens lives on the line if they believe the propaganda of the president and his neocon administration. Be resolute. Tell these coiffed, privileged, pampered, cosmetically enhanced, self-absorbed, narcissistic shills to earn their salaries by representing you. If they dont embody your principles and speak for you, declare that youre going to the polling booth to cut and run decidedly and quickly from their failed policies. Act now before this immoral war claims one more coalition or Iraqi life.