Thursday, February 08, 2007

Got A Child With the Norovirus To Take Care Of Today, No New Writing

But before I go and deal with what that entails, I'd like to point out that of the three candidates at the top of the polls that John Edwards has the best position on the Iraq war. This isn't the position of a coward.

Calls on Congress to Block Funds for War Escalation

Senator John Edwards released the following statement today about President Bush's expected announcement tomorrow that he will seek to escalate the number of troops in Iraq.

"George Bush's expected decision to adopt the McCain Doctrine and escalate the war in Iraq is a grave mistake.

"The new Congress must intercede to stop Bush from stubbornly sticking to the same failed course in Iraq and refuse to authorize funding for an escalation of troops. They should make it clear to the President that he will not get any money to put more of our troops in harm's way until he provides a plan to turn responsibility of Iraq over to the Iraqi people and to ultimately leave Iraq. George Bush wants to dig a deeper hole, but we need to climb out.

"The situation in Iraq demands a political solution — the Iraqi people must take responsibility for their country. Escalating the war in Iraq, which our own generals agree won't help, sends the wrong message to the Iraqi people, to the region, and the world. In order to get the Iraqis to take responsibility for their country, we must show them that we are serious about leaving, and the best way to do that is to actually start leaving and immediately withdraw 40–50,000 troops. Once the U.S. starts leaving, the Iraqi people and other regional powers will be forced to step up and engage in the search for a political solution that can bring an end to sectarian violence and allow reconstruction to take hold, creating — as should have been done long ago — Iraqi jobs for Iraqis."

It would be playing into the hands of the Malkin-Donohue-Cabloidwhore-Republican McCarthyites to give him up over what is a minor glitch in a presidential campaign.

I'd agree with the sentiment in the last line except that we need a candidate who can handle the right wing noise machine. We're still in Iraq today primarily because John Kerry didn't know how to handle the Swift Boat Vets for Truth. We cannot allow that to happen again.

Here Malkin and Donohue, on the far-right fringes of American debate, managed to get the NYT, CNN, and other news organizations to lend their megaphone to their stupid phony outrage.

And John Edwards agreed with them! He apologizes, and gets the bloggers to apologize. Is he hoping they'll leave him alone now that he's appeased them?

I loved John Edwards call to action on the Iraq War, that "silence is betrayal" in January. I thought that showed guts. But now we have a pattern: Edwards in front of AIPAC calls (implicitly) for threatening nukes against Iran, and Edwards in front of Malkin and Donohue apologizing for offense caused.

It looks bad.

(Personally, Edwards is my preferred candidate so far - but I'd prefer Clark or Gore if either of them would announce.)

Max P
I'm having a cynical moment here. How can you have meaningful debate when one parties' response is distorted or unreported ? Perversion of the system by denying people of the vote by spurious identification issues, telephone harassment and misrepresenting poll allocation puts the sauce on the cake.
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