You Can Make a Difference: an Antiwar Speech

the Invasion is a monumental, mass-murderous war-crime. More than simply a “mistake,” it a great and brazenly imperial transgression that has killed probably a million Iraqis by now along with a US GI body count that has long ago surpassed the 9/11 death toll.

Never mind that this crime has been sold on criminally fraudulent grounds from the beginning – from the false claims on “weapons of mass destruction” to the absurd claim that the U.S. invaded to export democracy and freedom to the preposterous claim that we are reducing violence and preventing civil war in Iraq.

Never mind that the violence is actually NOT abating in Iraq. “Estimates based on morgue, hospital and police records suggest that the daily number of civilian deaths is [now] almost twice its average pace from last year…A recent assessment by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office [finds] no decline in the average number of daily attacks” (Krugman, “A Time”)

Never mind that General Patraeus has a well-known history of “making wildly overoptimistic assessments of [so-called] progress in Iraq” (Krugman).

Never mind that Republicans will accuse Democrats of being unpatriotic and soft on National Security no matter what the Democrats actually do. As Krugman notes, “Democrats gave Mr. Bush everything he wanted in 2002; their reward was a [campaign] ad attacking Max Cleland, who lost both legs and an arm in Vietnam, that featured images of Osama bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.”

Never mind that any plan that depends on Dick Cheney or George W. Bush “recognizing reality” is a total fantasy. Bush and Cheney are committed messianic militarists who actually think they can make reality up as the go murderously along. Bush probably seriously believes God has told him to wage an epic war against the people and nations of the Middle East.

And never mind that the American public hates the Iraq war and wants to see it ended as quickly as possible. As Krugman notes, “the American people are disgusted with the Democrats not because they think congressional leaders are too liberal, but because they don’t see Congress doing anything to stop the war.” The majority Demcoratic Congress’s approval rating is actually lower than Bush’s because of this great failure.

Anybody who thinks that we’re going to make everything okay and end the war and create peace and justice in Iraq and world by getting Democrats into power in Washington…anybody who thinks that needs a serious reality check. Osama bin Laden may be a vicious fundamentalist mass murderer, but he was unfortunately correct when he told the American people last week that the Democrats have done nothing substantively really to end the war. They’ve continued to fund it all along. read more

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