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Thursday, October 13, 2005

Pelosi: ‘President Bush Has Still Not Provided a Clear Plan and Strategy for Success in Iraq’

Washington D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the Secretary of Defense’s report to Congress on Iraq:

“The Bush Administration’s second report describing the measures of security and stability in Iraq is as incomplete as the first report. President Bush still has not provided a timetable for achieving performance standards and goals for the Iraqi security forces. The report does not clearly state what has to be done so that Iraqis can provide security in Iraq independent of U.S. troops.

“The American people and our men and women in Iraq deserve to know what President Bush’s plan is for training and equipping sufficient numbers of Iraqi forces so that our troops can come home. President Bush has still not provided a clear plan and strategy for success in Iraq; until he does so, he will not have met his obligation to the nation.


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While Pelosi has made empty statements like this, she has not joined her Bay Area colleagues Barbara Lee, Pete Stark, Lynn Woolsey in calling for an end to the occupation (even with their inexcusable timetables of beginning the withdrawal at the end of 2006). She has merely called for Bush to make a plan, saying it is his responsibility. That is not the case. Congress has the power to end this war by ending the funding. That is, in part, how the long nightmare of Vietnam finally was finished, Congress said it was no longer going to fund it.

Unfortunately, Pelosi has a long record of supporting the funding the Iraq war and funding occupation in the Middle East in general, being an ardent supporter of Sharon's militarism in his continued occupation of the West Bank.

On September 26, there was a protest in front of her office in San Francisco protesting Pelosi's continued support for the politics of occupation and militarism. That was initiated by United for Peace and Justice, Code Pink and many others. Pelosi is not representing the people of San Francisco until she calls for immediate withdrawal from the slaughterhouse of Iraq.

I agree completely. Nancy, like almost all the ather Dems. in congress rubber stamp everything Bush want in this war. None of have the courage to stand up and call a spade a spade. Who do they represent? It sure isn't the people that elected them. Every once in a while Barbara Boxer will stand up and speak part of the truth, but even she's been quiet lately. So far as dian is concerned, she may as well change parties, because it's hard to tell the difference between her and the Rep.

"Corrupted by wealth and power, your government is like a restaurant with only one dish. They've got a set of Republican waiters on one side and a set of Democratic waiters on the other side. But no matter which set of waiters brings you the dish, the legislative grub is all prepared in the same Wall Street kitchen." -- Huey Long

Don't take Huey's word for it, or mine, for that matter. Just consider the venue for the President's recent speech, the National Endowment for Democracy (NED) and what it signifies for the relative positions of the two major American political parties. NED is one of the most hellish of all the spawns of your out-of-control government.

To expand Huey Long's metaphor, NED is the ultimate in political fusion cuisine. Where else could former Trotskyites, Democratic Socialists, and Hegelians appreciatively receive the lucubrations of a fourth-generation Republican oligarch who coincidentally receives instructions from God about his conduct of foreign policy?

All calumny by Karl Rove to the contrary, the Democrats can hold their heads up high. They are a pillar of the National Security State. As for the American people, if they have a shred of intelligence or self-respect left, they will find themselves another restaurant.

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One element of Bush's success has been apathy. Without the dynamic of not knowing what is really going on, the current administration would not have gotten, elected in 2000 and 2004, into a war with a white lie, or no bit contracts in Iraq in the sum of billions of US dollars -- I wounder what a kickback from that kind of money would bring. Mr. Bush cannot hold the pure mass of lies he's unloaded on the American people together. For what its worth, apathy can only survive in good times. Sooner that later people will want to know why their dollars don't have the same buying power it once did, and sooner than later people will want to know why we are fighting this war if we were not under any direct threat. Our men and women don't have to die like they are -- blown to bits in a foreign land away from love ones who will never see them like they were when they left to fight this war. One of the biggest oversight is Bush's ever changing reasons for fighting this war; this is nothing more than an internal struggle turned outward to rationalize why he is killing so many people for no good reason. We are in a sad time and we need to only look up and define the realities around us to see it.


Poor Nancy Pelosi. She actually thinks Bush will come up with a plan! Why didn't she support Barbara Lee's request for an investigation into materials related to the Downing St. Memo? By failing to do so, she condoned the deceptions by which he led us into an unnecessary war, clearly without a plan. Asking for a plan is an empty gesture. In her current position, Pelosi should be rallying her fellow Democrats to admit that this war was a mistake, based on false premises, and to end the whole sorry spectacle right now. Doesn't she see that this is HER responsibility? And her opportunity to demonstrate leadership?

The normally unified Democrat Party has been successfully fractured by their own opposing objectives of defeating Republicans on the one hand, and supporting the neocons' proxy war for Israel on the other. These liberal Democrats are finding it difficult to support withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, while simultaneously hoping for continued occupation and control of Moslem countries to protect Israel's expansion plans.

"Corporate money not used for political campaigns? The thought is preposterous on its face. Any schoolchild knows that politics is not about highfalutin debates and policy papers; it is about putting the screws to the fat cats and squeezing them until they squeak and then hiring agents to level your hapless opponent with a barrage of rotten fruit and dead cats as you yourself stand above the fray, Bible in hand, your arm around some orphans, eyes upraised to Old Glory, your face nicely lit. And you win the race and go to work flogging your timid colleagues and raising truckloads of dough and building your war chest and scaring the bejeebers out of people. That's how it's done." Garrison Keillor in Common Dreams. Article. Dear Mr De Lay
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