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If you Vote for Centrist Democrats, You are an Enabler

13 August 2007 at 1:22:54 PM

Yet another article that shows that Chet Edwards stance on keeping troops in Iraq but calling it something different (We're Fighting Al Qaida There) is what all the government entities have agreed to. Isn't that really trying to pull the wool over the eyes of the public who wants not only for the Iraq War to stop but for the troops to LEAVE? Instead of keeping permanent bases there? But if you vote for centrist Clinton or Obama (not entirely sure about John Edwards), you are siding with the DLC. This Huff Post article talks about this again... it has been a propaganda push to make people get used to the idea that, even though they don't want it, the Powers That Be are GOING TO STAY IN IRAQ.

In the last three weeks, it seems, the whole American establishment from Time (cover story, July 30) to the New York Times (lead editorial today), from the Brookings Institution (where O'Hanlon and Pollack are resident scholars) to the American Enterprise Institute, and from the leading Democrats to the leading Republicans in the race for president--all these entities and persons have implicitly agreed on the proposition: No significant troop reductions through 2008.

When the New York Times says, "The United States cannot walk away from the new international terrorist front it created in Iraq," it has pragmatically accepted the president's excuse: "We're fighting them over there so we don't have to fight them here." The only difference concerns the origin of the far-off terrorist front. The Times reserves the right to blame President Bush for creating it, while he believes "this evil" of terrorism must already have existed in a country where the people could think of shooting at Americans who are shooting at them.

Such sudden and total adjustments of the vast body of centrist opinion, over so short a period, are fascinating to trace the causes of. In December 2006, it appeared that the war in Iraq had crept up to 1970 on the Vietnam clock; the case against further devastation had been made, and the argument could turn to the logistics of withdrawal. Now the clock is back to 1965. The president and his general have been given permission. The next step is sure to be an increase in the destructiveness of the air war.

Our new chamber of echoes comes from every imaginable source except conscience. Partly, they are saying these things from the sheer, anxious, binding power of conformity (the name of its god, for now, is Petraeus). But it is also the case that many policy adepts--"experts" on the O'Hanlon-Pollack model of expertise-- have been shown something ordinary Americans are not being permitted to see. There is now an agreed-on, long-term U.S. strategy for the Middle East, which requires a large military presence in Iraq as a permanent base of operations.

And THAT INCLUDES DEMOCRATS. Better get on the phone and CALL THEM. Call Pelosi. Call Reid. Call your Congresspersons. Don't take this lying down. The Dems are calculating that if they just smooth this over, they'll keep the troops in Iraq and people will vote for them anyway.

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