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Council for a Livable World Hails Senate Iraq Votes Today


Contact: John Isaacs (202) 543-4100 x.131

Washington, D.C. . . Council for a Livable World hailed today’s Senate votes on the Iraq war as an important milestone in a war that has now dragged on for two and a half years.

Today’s votes were the first in the Senate on the Iraq war since the October 2002 authorization to use force, and they marked a clear repudiation of President Bush’s “stay the course

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Let's dissect the argument 'now the damage has been done in Iraq we might as well stay the course until....'

Note the word 'until' it hides a blood-stained century of western self delusion and arrogance.

Don't be taken in a second time. You were told that we had to invade Iraq because of it's WMD. They were wrong. Now they say we must keep troups in Iraq because otherwise it will collapse into chaos. This lie has infected 27% of Americans. It's axiom is, we are so competent only good can result.
The WMD lie had tactical logic - Rumsfeld's 'Hit 'em hard and get out. Just make sure Ahmad Chalabi secures one of the richest nations in the world. The 'until' lie prevailed, we used 'tanks of glue' in an experiment in nation building from 'ground zero'.
Our brave young soldiers have been humiliated, committed to self protection while infiltration has caused civil collapse. Iraqis are dying in huge numbers by the violence unleashed because we have failed to impose order on their country. Children are dying because we have failed to restore the basic infra-structure. Water, sewage and electricity services are worse than ten years ago. Hugh sums of money for military supplies are being stolen and stashed into Jordanian banks. All we get is the sickening litany of bad news reminiscent of Vietnam. We left Lebanon and Vietnam to their fate. They survived. We have made enough mess. Iraq is for the Iraqis and those of us who care to get our asses into gear and save lives.

...but I must have missed something. I didn't hear the 'ringing vote of no confidence', or see the 'unmistakable bipartisan signal' referred to here. What I saw and heard was more of the same safe, nonbinding, watered-down claptrap I've seen and heard since the day they voted to give W the war he wanted.

I hope I did miss something. I hope it does 'mark a significant step forward'. Time will tell, but I'd hate to be marking that time in Iraq - or Guantanamo.

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