Mugging of Murtha
bad news about your ailing fundraising! Real change in U.S./coalition policies
seems as unlikely as ever. In my humble opinion, the only way change will happen
is via the U.S. citizenry acting in enlightened self-interest and saving lots
of lives and money by doing the inevitable (exit and fix it) as soon as possible
before casualties and costs make it happen anyway. I usually contribute twice
the average to the quarterly fund drives; I've tripled my contribution this
time. Not because I agree with your politics (being a old-European leftist social
democrat I honestly tend to be p*ssed off by much of what I read on Antiwar!),
but because you provide the essential service of speaking unpleasant truth to
nasty power. If too few want you to keep it up, that's bad news for us all.
Even a tripled contribution to your exasperating but indispensable Web site
would seem much less costly than what is likely to happen without you and voices
~ Thomas, irritated
Danish Antiwar reader
"Mugging of Murtha" adeptly tackles the betrayal of the Democratic voter. Before
piling on let me say I hope the reader has made his contribution
to Antiwar.com, as I did yesterday. I'll bet those readers wondering about
Pelosi-Murtha's loss had a hunch, as I did, that if Murtha lost on Thursday,
I could point my mouse at Raimondo on Friday and learn relevant facts that were
mysteriously absent on CNN and our other news retailers.
was all the more stunning because Pelosi-Murtha put a new face on the Democratic
Party that made voters feel comfortable about voting for candidates on their
ballot who were relatively unknown to them. In short, Democratic congressmen
voted against the team that got them elected when they voted for Steny Hoyer
over Murtha for majority leader in the House. Could they value their lobbyist
more than their own reelection in '08?
profile is of the kind that gives the Republicans a collective chill down their
spine: pro-defense, anti gun-control, anti Iraq war, conservative social values.
Combine that with a fresh, Californian, progressive impetus like Nancy Pelosi,
steeped in happy big-family pro-enterprise Catholic values, and you have a one-two
punch that could leave the parochial all-too-southern Republican Party reeling.
(If only Arnold would jump ship!)
It is important
that Murtha now refer any questions on the war to Steny Hoyer, the Democrats'
choice for majority leader. Putting Jack Murtha in front of the cameras to talk
antiwar at this stage will leave the voter feeling as if he has been played
for a sucker. The voter is already sick and tired of Republican double talk
(the bottom line reason for their recent loss).
Steny Hoyer made
a start on being elected leader, saying he would address the voters' desire
for "transitions" in Iraq. Keep talking, Steny. It is your war now, you just
don't know it yet.
Next let's hope
Raimondo turns his focus on the recent outburst from Clinton clone James Carville,
who lambasted Howard Dean, yet another progressive antiwar pol who has perhaps
succeeded too well. At this rate, the only Democrat left standing will be Hillary
now to Antiwar.com or you will never know.
~ Tim Blendheim
to Antiwar.com today. I hope Antiwar.com remains a voice on the Internet.
I see myself as a progressive lefty, certainly not a libertarian, on some fundamental
issues. But that doesn't mean I cannot join in opposing the War Party. The relevance
(and longevity) of Antiwar.com might be enhanced by showing how libertarian
groups can work with progressive antiwar folks. Although I will appreciate your
efforts toward exposure of the Democratic Party's idiocies to come, I'd prefer
to get some real discussion and friendly debate going on among all aspects of
the Antiwar Party. Can't we begin to project the power that we have to end the
~ Bob Tinker
Democrats Turning A Blind Eye to Civil Liberty?
cannot allow Pelosi and company to become complicit in the crimes of this cabal
by ignoring them. This is not a choice they have. They are bound by the Constitution
they have sworn to uphold to impeach any who would attempt to destroy it. The
great promise that America represents is at stake.
~ Hal O'Leary,
Battle for Kosovo
is afraid of the large Muslim populations in their countries; if Serbs are the
scapegoats in order to keep peace in their own country, so be it. Also Israel
has and continues to incite Muslims, but the U.S. never condemns them. The U.S.
believes that by allowing the Albanians to take over Kosovo they appease the
Muslim population of the world, while they befriend Israel no matter how dreadful
the deed by Israel. I hear the politicians and blowhards on television saying,
"we defended them in Bosnia and Kosovo." I interpret that to mean, "not in Palestine,
As for the Serbs,
they are good people who have allowed themselves to be bullied. If they develop
a good backbone and say "nothing doing," maybe the bullies will back off. You
do not have to threaten, scream, or become hateful; only quiet calmness will
get their attention. There is too much trouble in the world now to come down
on the Serbs.
were longtime allies who have more in common with the United States than the
rest of the Balkans.
~ Kathryn Love
of Aggression Thwarted?
Prather's credibility is important to me. He seems to speak on the Iran nukes
issue with a lot of knowledge. Thus I was very disappointed to read his comment
about Bush swearing on a stack of bibles that he didn't decide to ask Rumsfield
to retire before Nov. 7. Mr. Prather should explain how that squares with the
video on the evening news of W. admitting he lied to the press to keep the retirement
from affecting the election.
~ Douglas Soper
readers should understand that my column was filed the afternoon of Thursday,