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Sad end to anti-war effort ( well...its an editorial from the Berkshires...just gives me tears )
Berkshire Eagle ^ | Editorial staff

Posted on 12/22/2007 11:08:18 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

Sunday, December 23

Congress' approval of $70 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan last week as part of a $555 billion federal budget bill effectively marks the quiet end of the Democratic majority's effort to bring an end to the war in Iraq. The great promise of a year ago following the 2006 elections in which the Democrats tossed the Republicans out of the congressional leadership gradually drained away, in part because of procedural realities but also because of a disappointing lack of fire among Democrats in Washington.

Congress will revisit the issue in spring, but major policy changes are unlikely to take place that close to another election. Representative James McGovern, one of the eight Massachusetts congressmen, including John Olver of the First District, who voted against the bill, noted sadly that it "represents an endorsement of George Bush's policy of endless war."

When the Democrats took over in Congress in January they tried without success to cut funding for the war or tie funding to a firm withdrawal date. Lacking the 60 Senate votes needed to force bills to the floor, they were regularly stymied in that body, and they were not close to the two-thirds vote needed to override a presidential veto. Democrats, however, never took Iraq War policy to the American people who put them in office in large part because voters wanted an end to the war. Intimidated by General Petraeus' appearance before them and the bogus claims by Republicans that they don't "support the troops," timid Democrats remain paralyzed by the scare tactics that American voters grew wise to long ago.

Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson, appalled by the vote approving the war funds, says he will devote his campaign solely to the Iraq War. Mr. Richardson is a long shot for the nomination, but if he can focus his party's candidates on the war he will be doing the nation a service. Hillary Clinton, most notably, continues to triangulate a position that comes down on all sides of the Iraq War.

The relative calm in Iraq makes it easy for candidates to dodge the issue, but the calm in Iraq is the quiet of the grave. While the persistent effort of American troops has contributed to a decline in violence, the death toll has dropped primarily because there are fewer Iraqis left to kill. Neighborhoods have been ethnically cleansed of minority Shiites or Sunnis, depending on the section of the city in question. The U.S. has for the most part looked the other way while this has gone on in the unspoken knowledge that violence will not stop until the country is essentially partitioned.

Iraq is evolving into Afghanistan, the site of the Bush administration's other failed war. The so-called democratic leaders of both nations rule only their capital cities, or more accurately, portions of those cities. Warlords, tribal chieftains and militia groups have divided the majority of both countries into personal fiefdoms. Billions of our tax dollars continue to flow into both countries, much of it squandered or stolen.

The dream of democracy is dead in Iraq, along with nearly 4,000 American soldiers. The money, however, is still being dumped into the desert, with no end in sight.


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 110th; iraq; lefties; pelosi; reid
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To: pabianice

Your whiny liberal baby is too cute. You need an UGLY whiny liberal.


51 posted on 12/22/2007 2:21:06 PM PST by Marie2 (I used to be disgusted. . .now I try to be amused.)
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To: All
One more:

Harry Reid still sore about the Surge.

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At least he’s consistent.

The Senate re-opened for business on Monday after a two-week Thanksgiving break, during which key Democrats traveled to Iraq and declared that the surge is working, at least from a security and military perspective. Rep. John Murtha (D-Pa.), one the top war critics, stunned fellow Democrats late last week with his statement that “the surge is working,” even though he added that political reconciliation has been lagging. Murtha’s view was backed by Rep. Norm Dicks (D-Wash.), who also said the surge worked after he returned from Iraq.

But Reid, in a Monday press conference, ceded no ground.

“The surge hasn’t accomplished its goals,” Reid said. “… We’re involved, still, in an intractable civil war.”

I think it’s time to dig out a favorite graphic. It’s as true now as it was when he was smearing Rush.

reedliar.jpg

Others shaking their heads: Hot Air | The Jawa ReportRight Voices |

Posted by: Neocon in Democrats, Iraq, Nutter Butters


52 posted on 12/22/2007 2:23:22 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: reagan_fanatic

Right ON!


53 posted on 12/22/2007 2:24:56 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

It’s just GOT to suck for the Anti-War left to realize they were used as gullible, but useful idiots by the Democratic Party...

I was just reading a Thread on KOS demanding that the nutroots “DEFUND THE DEMOCRATS!”


54 posted on 12/22/2007 2:30:46 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I can now FINALLY put an ID to the ID!

-PRAVDA


55 posted on 12/22/2007 2:36:48 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: tcrlaf
I want this Harry Reidreferred to as the ex Senator from Nevada:

The following is a transcript of the Democratic response by
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to President Bush's radio address:

***********************EXCERPT*********************

This week marked the end of our first year in the majority, and in that time, Democrats have put working families first, given our troops the care and support they deserve, and made our country safer.

56 posted on 12/22/2007 2:46:18 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: jazusamo
It never ceases to amaze me where they come up with fruitcake editorial boards like this,

Look no futher than the Teddy Kennedy School of Journalism at Harvard.

57 posted on 12/22/2007 2:54:15 PM PST by fella (The proper application of the truth far more important than the knowledge of it's existance."Ike")
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

When you’re a defeatist, defeat comes naturally to you.


58 posted on 12/22/2007 3:16:42 PM PST by The Pack Knight (Duty, Honor, Country.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
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Democratic presidential candidate Bill Richardson, appalled by the vote approving the war funds, says he will devote his campaign solely to the Iraq War.
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And, as Rush Limbaugh was prescient to point out, the war will fade as a front page issue over time and will be be an also-ran topic by next fall. This means that the very basis for why people should support Richardson is moot. Yet he campaigns on. So, not only is he invested in defeat, the only way he can succeed is for defeat to have a long life, so it can still be an important topic next fall.

Thus the Left has constructed, and now maintains and defends, a conflict of interest between its own interests against the nation’s essential war against jihadis. The Left hopes that they can leverage the blood of US soldiers, coalition soldiers, private contractors and Iraqis fighting to construct a new country into more power and votes, and ultimately securing more seats in the House and Senate, and ultimately the White House itself.

Yet more proof that liberalism is a mental disorder, and one that increasingly is dangerous to our safety and prosperity.

59 posted on 12/22/2007 3:49:18 PM PST by theBuckwheat
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To: Billthedrill

“The notion that the population of Iraq has been thinned to the point where there’s nary a target left is possible only to someone who is living in a fantasy world.”

Antiwar liberals actually DO live in a fantasy world...

In thier world, the leading “Chimp”, “Puppet” or whatever the insult of the week happens to be, blew up the trade centers himself, is Hitler, won’t voluntarily leave in ‘09, etc,etc...


60 posted on 12/22/2007 4:33:03 PM PST by tcrlaf (VOTE DEMOCRAT-You'll look great in a Burka!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
Well, at least they are not happy with Hillary.

Hopefully people like these morons will decide to either not vote or to vote third party. Hillary committed the unforgivable sin of agreeing with President Bush on anything.

61 posted on 12/22/2007 5:15:27 PM PST by Repeal 16-17 (Let me know when the Shooting starts.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

This article is peppered with a bunch of misguided or deliberate falsification of facts.


62 posted on 12/22/2007 5:17:22 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Marine_Uncle

That’s why I posted it....just for us to see the.... slop they are feeding the sheeple!


63 posted on 12/22/2007 5:55:31 PM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach (No Burkas for my Grandaughters!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

They got the swill buckets lined up in vast arrays Ernie, as you can well surmise.


64 posted on 12/22/2007 6:10:52 PM PST by Marine_Uncle (Duncan Hunter for POTUS)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; AdmSmith; Berosus; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Fred Nerks; KlueLass; ...
Congress' approval of $70 billion for military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan last week as part of a $555 billion federal budget bill effectively marks the quiet end of the Democratic majority's effort to bring an end to the war in Iraq.
Oh. The Democrats made an effort to end the war? Must have missed that story in the flurry of news on how they said one thing and voted another.
65 posted on 12/22/2007 7:27:04 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Profile updated Tuesday, December 18, 2007___________________https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

btt


66 posted on 12/22/2007 9:00:36 PM PST by Cacique (quos Deus vult perdere, prius dementat ( Islamia Delenda Est ))
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To: Billthedrill

Hope Hillary keeps listening to the choir. She’ll be mauled by reality.


67 posted on 12/22/2007 9:17:16 PM PST by sgtyork (The secret of happiness is freedom, and the secret of freedom, courage. Thucydides)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
This could have been written by Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan, Charley Reese, et al - another instance of the left and right fringes coinciding.
68 posted on 12/22/2007 10:13:22 PM PST by mtntop3
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