Reality check: The Democrats are the real problem
By Mike Whitney
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Jul 23, 2008, 00:18
Obama�s candidacy is over, kaput. He�s already stated that
he has no intention of stopping the war, so he has disqualified himself. That�s
his prerogative; no one put a gun to his head.
in the July 14 New York Times just removes any lingering doubt about the
matter. What Obama proposes is moving the central theater of operation from
Iraq to Afghanistan. Big deal. Why is it more acceptable to kill a man who is
fighting for his country in Afghanistan than in Iraq?
It�s not, which is why Obama must be defeated and the
equivocating Democratic Party must be jettisoned altogether. The Democrats are
a party of blood just like the Republicans; they�re just more discreet about
it. That�s why people who are serious about ending the war have to support
candidates outside the two-party charade. The Democrat/Republican duopoly will
not deliver the goods; it�s as simple as that. The point is to stop the
killing, not to provide blind support for smooth-talking politicos who try to
mask their real intentions. Obama made his choice, now he can suffer the
Nancy Pelosi is a perfect example of what the Democrats are
all about. Just look at the way she brushed aside the people who got her
elected. They mean nothing to her. In a matter of months, the �San Francisco
liberal� has achieved what former-Speaker of the House Hastert could only dream
of: she�s driven the Congress� public approval ratings into single digits for
the first time in history, making her the worst speaker of all time. She
rubber-stamped the FISA bill, concealed what she knew about the CIA�s global
torture programs, and vowed to stop any public effort to hold the
administration accountable for its war crimes. (No impeachment.) She has
betrayed her most ardent supporters and singlehandedly transformed an
already-emasculated Congress into a purely ceremonial body incapable of doing
the people�s work.
At least Bush never betrayed any of his supporters. Never.
Pelosi is worse than Bush, much worse.
And yet, liberals still insist that we should vote the
Democratic ticket. In your dreams!
What leftist or progressive is not totally fed-up with the
Democrats� cagey �bait-and-switch� hypocrisy? Voting the Democratic ticket is
not a sign of �hope;� it�s a sign of being a schmuck. The Democrats have done
nothing to stop the war and will do nothing to stop the war. The Obama
candidacy is merely a way to replace one group of genocidal maniacs with
another. Who needs a charismatic, flannel-mouth glamour boy to lead us into
battle when a senile old fogy with �anger management� issues will do just fine?
Voters of conscience should reject that choice altogether.
Just as they should reject the �lesser of two evils� theory which does not
apply when ordinance is being dumped daily on innocent civilians. It has to
Obama is not an antiwar candidate; that is merely a fiction
maintained by his public relations team. In fact, he wants to beef up the
military with 65,000 additional ground forces and 27,000 more marines. He�s
also stated that he will add �two additional combat brigades to Afghanistan�
and encourage NATO to make �greater contributions -- with fewer restrictions.�
In his op-ed he boasted, �As president, I will make the fight against Al Qaeda
and the Taliban the top priority that it should be. This is a war that we have
He also added this ominous warning: �The greatest threat to
that security lies in the tribal regions of Pakistan, where terrorists train
and insurgents strike into Afghanistan. We cannot tolerate a terrorist
sanctuary, and as president, I won�t. We need a stronger and sustained
partnership between Afghanistan, Pakistan and NATO to secure the border, to
take out terrorist camps and to crack down on cross-border insurgents. We need
more troops, more helicopters, more satellites, more Predator drones in the
Afghan border region. And we must make it clear that if Pakistan cannot or will
not act, we will take out high-level terrorist targets like bin Laden if we
have them in our sights.�
Obama supporters should take their candidate at his word.
What he is proposing is a dramatic escalation and expansion of the war into
another sovereign country. How is this consistent with the demands of his base
or the millions of Americans who believe that Obama represents real change?
It�s time for a reality check; the Democrats are the real
problem not the Republicans. If the path to peace requires crushing the
Democratic Party and its blood thirsty candidates, so be it. The main thing is
to stop the killing. If Obama won�t do it, we�ll find someone who will.
Whitney lives in Washington state. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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