Monday, March 26, 2007

What is really going on, and what is to be done

The media coverage of the Democrat Iraq ‘withdrawal’ legislation has been as mendacious as you would expect from another arm of the Lobby.  Here’s some truth from an article (or here) by Barry Grey (my emphasis throughout in red):

“After weeks of public posturing and behind-the-scenes maneuvering, Democrats in the House of Representatives secured passage Friday of an emergency spending bill that grants the Bush administration’s request for over $100 billion in additional funds for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. In what amounts to a colossal political fraud, they presented their ‘Troop Readiness, Veterans Health and Iraq Accountability Act’ as a measure to force an end to the war in Iraq by September 1, 2008.

It does nothing of the kind. Even if a similar Democratic measure were to be passed in the Senate – and it will not – and the final bill were to survive a presidential veto – a political impossibility – the resulting law would do nothing to halt the current military escalation in both Iraq and Afghanistan, and would allow upwards of 75,000 US troops to remain in Iraq indefinitely.

The bill is a labored attempt by the Democratic leadership to pose as opponents of the Iraq war, while in practice ensuring its continuation. The vote to authorize war funding flies in the face of the will of the electorate, which expressed its desire to end the war and its opposition to the policies of the Bush administration in last November’s congressional elections, overturning Republican control in both houses of Congress.”


“The conditions attached to US troop deployments by the bill are themselves so conditional as to be meaningless. Under the measure, Bush would be obliged to certify to Congress on July 1, 2007 and again on October 1, 2007 that the Iraqi government has made progress in meeting certain benchmarks, such as containing sectarian violence, reining in militias, and reforming the constitution. Should Bush fail to go through the motions of making such a certification, withdrawal of US combat troops would begin. Even if the government certified progress, US combat troops would be withdrawn by September 1, 2008.

But this ‘final deadline’ could be extended if the administration obtained approval from Congress. In any event, less than half of the 140,000 US troops currently in Iraq are designated as combat forces, meaning that 75,000 or more troops would remain after the ‘deadline’ to conduct counterinsurgency operations, train Iraqi forces, police borders and protect US assets.”


“The bill also requires the Pentagon to observe standards for training, equipping and resting troops before their deployment and limits the duration of Army tours of duty to 365 days. With the military already stretched to the limit, these provisions could actually create obstacles to the further escalation of the war under Bush’s so-called troop ‘surge’ in Baghdad and Anbar Province. Consequently, the bill allows Bush to waive these requirements in the name of ‘national security,’ giving him a free hand to send as many additional troops as he desires.”

and (note the parts emphasized in green;  socialists know about the Lobby but can’t mention it as it conspiracy theory contradicts a pure class-based analysis):

“For their part, Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic leadership continually tacked to the right, readjusting their war spending bill to placate Blue Dog Democrats and other war supporters within the Democratic caucus by further watering down its nominal restrictions on Bush’s war powers. They secured the support of the party’s right wing by dropping language that would have required Bush to obtain congressional support before launching an attack on Iran.”


“The critical role was played by the misnamed ‘Out of Iraq Caucus’ of House Democrats. This group of some 70 congressmen has postured as the most militant critics of the war. Their key leaders, such as Lynn Woolsey and Maxine Waters, both of California, have been paraded before antiwar demonstrators by protest organizers as living proof that the Democratic Party can be pressured to end the war.

Pelosi dealt with them through a combination of threats and inducements. The house speaker reportedly warned California Rep. Barbara Lee, another leader of the Out of Iraq Caucus, that she would be stripped of her post on the powerful House Appropriations Committee if she sought to block passage of the bill.”

and (unfortunate socialist crap; in fact, as we know, large portions of the American Establishment know all too well that the war was a mistake for their interests, and want out of Iraq as part of a larger Mid-East peace initiative involving a state for the Palestinians):

“The legislative charade mounted by the Democratic Party has nothing to do with ending the war in Iraq. There are, in fact, no principled differences between the Democrats and Bush when it comes to the imperialist aims of the war. Both parties, the Democrats no less than the Republicans, serve the corporate interests – the oil conglomerates, the Wall Street banks, and the American financial oligarchy as a whole – that seek through military violence to establish US control of the resources and markets of the world.”

and (concluding with more socialist crap):

“Ending the catastrophe inflicted by American imperialism on Iraq, and preventing new wars in Iran and elsewhere, requires a complete political break with the Democratic Party and the two-party system. It requires the independent political mobilization of working people, both in the US and internationally, in a class-conscious socialist movement.”

It would be nice if it were that simple.  In fact, disentangling the American policy makers from the Lobby is going to be very difficult, and will require a multi-pronged attack:

  1. Legitimate Christian groups – not the crooked satanists known as Christian Zionists – will have to set up counter-lobbying groups to make politicians know there is a political price to pay for supporting evil. 
  2. Legitimate Jewish groups – not the crazies working for the Lobby – will have to mobilize to deligitimize the Lobby as the sole spokesman for, and recipient of political donations from, the Jewish community. 
  3. The United States will need real campaign finance reform to stop the kind of single-issue funding scandal we are seeing with the Jewish Billionaires and their stranglehold over the Democrats. 
  4. Last but not least, Americans will have to come to a realization of what is really going on, and come to realize that the interests of the Lobby – supporting the extreme Israeli right – are the exact opposite of both common decency and the real interests of Americans.

Unfortunately, as none of these necessary steps to sanity is likely to happen, the United States is fucked.