The Bush neocon empire is collapsing. Most Americans now oppose the war. Most Americans think Dubya is a liar. The rot is probably terminal, the end probably near. Even his supposed allies want nothing to do with him.
In the red state of Arizona, Republican congressman J.D. Hayworth was asked the other day whether he would welcome Bush’s help on the stump; he replied, "In a word, no." And last Tuesday, Senate Republicans rebuked the White House by requesting in an amendment that Bush’s war team become more accountable to the chamber.
His power is ebbing. It won’t come back. Here’s a Polizeros prediction. Bush will not last out his term.
So that’s means great things for the Dems, right? Well, not really. Polls have shown the evaporating support for Republicans has not translated into gains for the Democrats. Which is not surprising considering they are no different on the war, and, um, have been known to lie a bit themselves.
If the Dems genuinely opposed the war, they would have called the Republican bluff yesterday and voted en masse to bring the troops home now. But instead, there were a mere three Yes votes, these from Representatives McKinney, Serrano, Wexler. Hey, that’s some kind of iron resolve the Dems have, you betcha. Sheesh.
The US is losing the war. This fact is finally, dimly, being recognized by the rulers. And they don’t know what to do. You see, this wasn’t in their plans. They were going to grab control of the Middle East and the oil, waltzing in as grateful Iraqis tossed roses in their paths. Instead, those ungrateful upstarts fought back.
Remember back in the quaint early days when the insurgents were only throwing rocks and the occasional grenade? Now there’s hundreds of thousands of them, they are well-armed, growing in numbers fast, and no matter how skilled Pentagon liars spin it, the insurgents are winning and the US is losing. Meanwhile at home, Plamegate, which is just more blowback from the war, has badly damaged the Bush Administration and will unquestionably inflict much more.
Will the Democrats who replace Dubya do any differently? Will they reverse the decades-long US foreign policy goal of hegemony over the Middle East? Will they bring the troops home?
Only if the people force them too. There’s been thousands of protests and vigils these past few years opposing the Iraq war. They’ve had a huge effect. Congress would not be debating the war had they not happened. Let’s keep the pressure on and keep organizing.
Tag: Valerie Plame