Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Lighten Up, Slightly: Kyl-Lieberman Amendment to the Rescue!
Okay, I should admit to being an overbearing bummer lately. So I'll just note in passing that the Senate passed a significant "non-binding" amendment today, authored by Senators Kyl and Lieberman (our fearless champion of endless war against the Mohammedans on behalf of, um, Connecticut), that "urges" President Bush to designate Iran's standing army as a terrorist organization. (I am sure that Bush requires this urging.) Many see this as a first step to a brand spanking new war on Iran and our newly designated existential threat to the world, Ahmadinejad. (This is going to go great!) Please take a moment and listen to Senator Jim Webb's eloquent and forthright denunciation of this crafty means by which to push us into yet another war: the video is here.
For those of you who care: Senators Biden and Dodd voted against this amendment. Senator Obama had something more important to do and didn't show up for the vote. And Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton? She made sure to show up and vote for the Kyl-Lieberman amendment. Because, really, if Hillary didn't urge the President to designate Iran's army a terrorist organization, who would?
I had been toying with the idea of giving in and supporting Hillary in recent days. (Don't ask.) But this vote -- it represents all that is worst about her: five years after voting to authorize the President to invade Iraq, she has yet to accept the profound error of that judgment, and today, she has gone ahead and taken a step eerily similar to that Iraq vote: she has helped to put us on the precipice of yet another war. Mike Gravel said at the Democratic debate tonight that he was "ashamed" of Clinton for this vote; she responded with that bizarre laughing sh*t she's been doing lately. But it is shameful and can't be cackled away. The American people do not want another war. We don't want war with Iran. We don't want more death. But Cheney, Lieberman, Giuliani and Co. do want war, and Hillary's not going to get in their way. In fact, she will help them get there.
I will not vote for Hillary Clinton. And I urge you not to either.
More on the glorious backdoor entry to further endless war here, here, and here.
Call your goddamn Senators and Representatives and let them know that you do not support preemptive war on Iran!
(Sorry, I was supposed to lighten up.)