Limit the Mission: A Way To Stop The War?
The single most important thing stopping the Democrats from stopping the war in Iraq is the fear that the Republicans, who know the war is already lost, will then be able to pin upon the donkey the blame. Not to mention worse
This is not, anymore, an entirely justified fear. The reason the Democratic Party now controls Congress is precisely in hope that they will stop the war. Its opponents have increased to a serious majority in this country, those not against it for the simple reason that it's evil dragged to that side by its incompetence, brutality, needlessness and futility no longer being something anyone can ignore or spin. And even its few supporters can only justify further deaths as honoring the deaths that came before, and cannot muster any more than the most formal and practiced enthusiasm. At best, they now seem embarrassed. The few rabid supporters of the war are paid to be. And have so tied themselves with mindless defense of this administration that, were it to actually fall, would take the propagandists like Limbaugh and Coulter down into the dustbin of history with it, in that pop-culture limbo among legwarmers and Father Coughlin.
The moment of meaningful control will only last two years that can be counted upon. And I'm afraid they very well may continue the now-reflexive cowardice in which the GOP has trained them. The trap they fear is no longer a trap. And is the point of gaining office simply to keep getting elected, and to accomplish what while you're there? This is one reason for my skepticism about Barack Obama, which is that he's barely been a senator a couple of years, and seems to have only used it as a means of introducing himself to a mass public; I can't think of anything meaningful in regards to Senate business that he's accomplished. He's more a symbol than a leader, and we don't need symbols. We need something real.
So it's heartening to see them come up with a way to constrain the war enough that it can be stopped.
Which is to limit the mission, and take away the authority they granted Bush in 2002.
Let's see how this
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