“America is one signature away . . . .”

faked by Friday, April 27th, 2007

You might be a Democrat, or a Republican, and even some of my best friends voted Green once or twice, and whether you’re going Clinton or Romney or Dodd or Weebo, you know the situation in Iraq is broken. With the passage of the bill through the House and Senate, it’s now up to the President whether we will continue to squander American lives and resources. He can defy the will of the American people or acknowledge his own failures.

4 Responses to ““America is one signature away . . . .””

  1. brd says:

    Thanks for the link.

  2. jaysus says:

    how can anyone argue with this???

    i just printed 20 of these at 11” x 17”.

    me and the giant are goin’ old-school flyering this evening!

  3. Lucas Jensen says:

    I guess I can argue with it. It’s these kind of facile arguments that infuriate me about being a liberal these days. What ever happened to internationalism, first off? One signature can end this war…um, yes, and plunge Iraq into worse chaos than it’s already in and send even more civilians to their deaths. Sure, we can save US lives, but are we not morally responsible for the lives of those we have imperiled? We all know it’s broken, and I don’t have any answers, but I’m tired of the “damn the consequences” easy arguments of the Left these days. What are we going to do? What is the plan? We rail against Bush for not having a post-war plan, but what is ours? Democracy in Iraq WAS a good idea, though it was never the Bush’s real intentions (and war was certainly the wrong way to go about it). Are we anti-intervention in everything now? I don’t have an answer, but “one signature away” makes me want to gag.

    I guess all I’m saying is this: are we ever going to get that signature in the way we want it? No. Do we have a pullout strategy? No. I want to see more than empty protests against an intractable administration completely devoted to this policy. I want to see something more for Christ’s sake. When I ask all of my (fellow) anti-war folks about what the plan is for Iraq they just say “I don’t know, but we need to get the f. out.” Great. Real thinking there. It’s that kind of forethought that got us into the mess, lies and false intelligence having been accounted for. I just want to hear more from the American anti-war movement. I want real internationalism back. I want to hear someone give me a plan for those poor Iraqis that are slaughtered in the tens of thousands every year. I’m not hearing it. And I don’t fucking trust Harry Reid or Nancy Pelosi, who have made careers pretty much out of being cantakerous and whining, respectively, to get us there.

  4. gorjus says:

    Lucas, you know that you, more than nearly anybody else, loom large as a political influence on me. However, I must disagree. First, it is overly simplistic, and outright false, to equate the Democratic plan with the very human, very honorable urge to simply “get out.” It is a “get out” plan, but so much more; a summary of the S.965, the U.S. Troop Readiness, Veterans’ Care, Katrina Recovery, and Iraq Accountability Appropriations Act, 2007, is available here, with the full bill here.

    Is it simplistic to urge, as I have (echoing, and indeed, copying & pasting) Senator Obama’s “one signature” pledge? Yes. Does that mean it is necessarily a distortion? I do not believe so.

    I echo most deeply your concerns about an isolationist America, and would have us return to the nation-building and stability-emphasizing role we held for so many years. But in the context of Iraq, let me ask that most damning of questions: would you have kept us in Vietnam past 1975? The similarities are becoming painfully concrete.