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It's Up To Us

AN IRAQ EXIT IS UP TO US
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The president of the United States does not have the sense God gave a duck -- so it's up to us. You and me, Bubba.

I don't know why Bush is just standing there like a frozen rabbit, but it's time we found out. The fact is WE have to do something about it. This country is being torn apart by an evil and unnecessary war, and it has to be stopped NOW.

This war is being prosecuted in our names, with our money, with our blood, against our will. Polls consistently show that less than 30 percent of the people want to maintain current troop levels. It is obscene and wrong for the president to go against the people in this fashion. And it's doubly wrong for him to send 20,0000 more soldiers into this hellhole, as he reportedly will announce next week.

What happened to the nation that never tortured? The nation that wasn't supposed to start wars of choice? The nation that respected human rights and life? A nation that from the beginning was against tyranny? Where have we gone? How did we let these people take us there? How did we let them fool us?

It's a monstrous idea to put people in prison and keep them there. Since 1215, civil authorities have been obligated to tell people with what they are charged if they're arrested. This administration has done away with rights first enshrined in the Magna Carta nearly 800 years ago, and we've let them do it.

This will be a regular feature of mine, like an old-fashioned newspaper campaign. Every column, I'll write about this war until we find some way to end it. STOP IT NOW. BAM! Every day, we will review some factor we should have gotten right.

So let's take a step back and note, for example, that before the war one of the architects of the entire policy, Paul Wolfowitz, testified to Congress that Iraq had no history of ethnic strife. Sectarian and ethnic strife is a part of the region. And the region is full of examples of Western colonial powers trying to occupy countries, take their resources and take over the administration of their people -- and failing.

The sectarian bloodbath we see daily completely refutes Wolfowitz. And now Bush has given him the World Bank to run. Wonder what he'll do there.

And let's keep in mind that when the Army arrived in Baghdad, we, the television viewers, watched footage of a bunch of enraged and joyous Iraqis pulling down the statue of Saddam Hussein, their repulsive dictator, in Firdos Square. Only one thing was wrong. The event was staged. Taking down the statue was instigated by a Marine colonel, and a PSYOP (psychological operations) unit made it appear to be a spontaneous show of Iraqi joy.

When we later saw the whole square where the statue was located, only 30 to 40 people were there (U.S. soldiers, press and some Iraqis -- and one of several U.S. tanks present pulled the statue down with a cable). We, the television viewers, saw the square being presented as though the people of Iraq had gone into a frenzy, mobbed the square and spontaneously pulled down the statue. Fake images and claims have been a part of this fiasco from the beginning.

We need to cut through all this smoke and mirrors and come up with an exit strategy, forthwith. The Democrats have yet to offer a cohesive plan to get us out of this mess. Of course, it's not their fault -- but the fact is we need leaders who are grown-ups and who are willing to try to fix it. Bush has ignored the actual grown-ups from the Iraq Study Group and the generals and all other experts who are nearly unanimous in the opinion that more troops will not help.

So, like I said, it's up to you and me, Bubba. We need to make sure that the new Congress curbs executive power, which has been so misused, and asserts its own power to make this situation change. Now.

To find out more about Molly Ivins and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at Creators.com - Creators Syndicate.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Bravo to Molly Ivens for speaking up!
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I think it is a brilliant summation of the way about 60% of Americans feel right now. The mood in this country towards Bush and his pack of hyenas is getting uglier all the time. Today's announcement by General Petreaus that the Iraq War will take "another two or three years" is going to blow the lid of this thing. The magnitude of our failure in Iraq is just now starting to sink in. I look forward to her weekly updates in this series.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

-President Barack Obama, 1st Inaugural address
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I think it is a brilliant summation of the way about 60% of Americans feel right now. The mood in this country towards Bush and his pack of hyenas is getting uglier all the time. Today's announcement by General Petreaus that the Iraq War will take "another two or three years" is going to blow the lid of this thing. The magnitude of our failure in Iraq is just now starting to sink in. I look forward to her weekly updates in this series.
You're absolutely correct, lets cut and run, no one will ever notice......

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Hey, musn't forget about the LEGACY and the LIBRARY

Can't mess THOSE up, ya know. And besides, if we don't stop them THERE they will be running around over here at our malls. Don't believe me, just join the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Towncar forum and ask all those cops and rightwingers there on the "Smokin' lizard lounge . It's all the Democrats' fault and of course, the MEDIA and Cindy Sheehan!!
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You're absolutely correct, lets cut and run, no one will ever notice......
Cut and run from what? A civil war? An ungovernable basketcase country? Just what is it that is worth staying and dying for? At this point, US Armed Forces are just The Republican Militia in Iraq.

Recall that earlier generations faced down fascism and communism not just with missiles and tanks, but with sturdy alliances and enduring convictions. They understood that our power alone cannot protect us, nor does it entitle us to do as we please. Instead, they knew that our power grows through its prudent use; our security emanates from the justness of our cause, the force of our example, the tempering qualities of humility and restraint.

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Hey, musn't forget about the LEGACY and the LIBRARY

Can't mess THOSE up, ya know. And besides, if we don't stop them THERE they will be running around over here at our malls. Don't believe me, just join the Crown Victoria, Grand Marquis, Marauder, and Towncar forum and ask all those cops and rightwingers there on the "Smokin' lizard lounge . It's all the Democrats' fault and of course, the MEDIA and Cindy Sheehan!!
Ooo.. give me a link. I shall troll them.

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Ooo.. give me a link. I shall troll them.
He did, it's crownvic.net If you don't mind, PM me your login id there, I'd like to watch the sparks.

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He did, it's crownvic.net If you don't mind, PM me your login id there, I'd like to watch the sparks.
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