Part II: The Prodigal Petraeus Returns, April 2008
You Can't Get Fooled Again! (Can You?)
David Petraeus is a beggar who is begging for another $102 billion but not making a case for why he'll spend it any better than he spent the last fortune. Let's not give Petraeus another dime of our great grandchildren's hard earned pay.
For what your town or state has already spent, see http://costofwar.com and multiply by 6 to approximate the calculation of total expenses found in "The Three Trillion Dollar War" by Joseph Stiglitz and Linda Bilmes.
On September 10 and 11, 2007, exploiting the deaths of those who died under Bush and Cheney's watch in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania exactly six years earlier, General David Petraeus testified before Congress. Having been elected in November 2006 to end the occupation of Iraq, Congress delayed action for months in anticipation of Petraeus's testimony, following which it delayed action for months again and continued to fund the occupation.
Petraeus's misleading report was thoroughly debunked following and even prior to his congressional appearance, during which many citizen protesters were arrested and even assaulted by police. Although you might not have learned this from watching your television, the report, in fact, did not even attempt to claim success in achieving the "benchmarks" Bush had promised to meet in January 2007 when ordering a servile Congress to escalate an occupation it had just been elected to end. When Bush claimed success in a speech two days after Petreaus Part I., the Associated Press and the Washington Post broke with tradition and pointed out that he was lying. Congress still caved.
As Petraeus prepares to return and lay it on even thicker this time, violence is exploding in Iraq, political "benchmarks" have been forgotten, and majorities of the American and Iraqi people, including a majority of members of the U.S. military, STILL want to end the occupation, get Americans home, and leave Iraq to Iraqis. The "surge" having failed, Bush is now openly and unconstitutionally negotiating a permanent occupation, and asking Congress for another $102 billion.
QUESTIONS FOR PETRAEUS: War Crimes
IRAQ TOWN HALLS IN APRIL: A Serious Peace Strategy Emerges
In 2006 we elected a Congress to end the occupation of Iraq. If we don't hold that Congress to it, we will not have the power in 2008 to elect anyone for any stated purpose. Fulfillment of campaign promises will be entirely optional in 2009. Our last chance to hold the current Congress to its commitment is in the month of April, when the House takes up Bush's request for another $102 billion of our grandchildren's money.
All over the country, ordinary citizens are taking on the role of leaders - many of them for the first time - and are beginning to plan town hall meetings in their congressional districts to demand that their representatives oppose any more funding for the occupation. This is not an effort to leave troops without body armor, but to bring them home where they do not need it. We've had enough of nonsensical excuses, and we're demanding action. We applaud the House of Representatives for (thus far) refusing to back telecom immunity, and we insist that it similarly refuse to back the occupation of Iraq.
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is no military solution."
ass-kissing little chickenshit."
“The public has been led into a trap from which it will be hard to escape with dignity and honor. They have been tricked into it by a steady withholding of information…The Baghdad communiqués are belated, insincere, incomplete. Things have been far worse than we have been told, our administration more bloody and inefficient than the public knows… We are today not far from a disaster.”
- T.E. Lawrence, (Lawrence of Arabia ), The Sunday Times of London , August 22, 1920