February 6, 2007
We are delighted to post an article by Russ Feingold on the congressional response to the so-called surge. Russ is not afraid to stand up and be counted on Iraq or the Patriot Act. It sure is refreshing to have a Senator from Wisconsin leading the way. And then there is Herb Kohl, forced to say something as the GOP Senators manipulate the system to avoid the symbolic vote sponsored by Levin and Warner.
Russ called the resolution little more than a "tepid disagreement" with the president. Kohl, according to MJS, said he does not support setting deadlines; does not support using the power of the purse; and apparently does like tepid responses to a crisis.
Kohl and Hillary seem to be on the same path. Hillary, pandering at the AIPEC conference, seemed to be encouraging the bombing of Iran. (I'm not making this up. She said, "All options are on the table" to wild applause. Yikes!)
What does it take to get Democrats into the fight for peace? Nader may be right about the Democratic Party.
C'mon Herb. Bring the troops home. The latest estimate is a cost of $600 billion to care for injured veterans, most with brain injuries, over the next 40 years. Almost 3,100 dead soldiers. Hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths--over 1,000 last week. We have no chance of stabilizing the country. There are limits to our influence. These young soldiers should not be targets--they should be home taking care of their families and planing their futures.
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