Over at The LeftCoaster this morning Mary notes that while the Bush administration and the DC punditry are still living in fantasy land an increasing number of Iraqis are seeing and living reality. In spite of the fact that it's nearly impossible to find any news on Iraq in the corporate media things are still getting worse everyday.
I just received the following from the DSCC and Ted Kennedy.
Dear Friend,This is a step in the right direction. The Iraq debacle is making us less safe not more. It is making the Israelis less safe not more. The Iraqi people, the US soldiers and now the Lebanese and Israeli people are nothing more than fodder for Cheney's evil plans. Go to the link and sign the petition, it's a start.
Our current "stay the course" strategy in Iraq is a failed strategy and the American people know it.
The Bush Administration hid its reasons for going to war behind phony evidence and cherry-picked intelligence. That dishonesty, combined with the Administration's incompetence in planning for the war, has left our troops in Iraq with Mission Impossible.
The last thing we need is a Republican Rubber Stamp Congress that refuses to stand up to this Administration and demand a change in course. Democrats have called for a new direction and want to put the onus on Iraqis to take the lead for the security of their own nation. Declare your support for change today and demand that the Bush administration fix its failed Iraq policy.
We've heard clear warnings that the situation in Iraq continues to deteriorate. Two weeks ago, both our top General in the region and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told Congress they see a high risk that Iraq could soon descend into an all-out civil war.
Did Republicans in Congress heed these dire warnings? No.
Last week, President Bush responded to the Generals' warning with this amazing statement: "You know, I hear people say, well, civil war this, civil war that. The Iraqi people decided against civil war."
That dangerous denial of reality tells us what we need to know: changing course in Iraq can happen only if we change Congress. Democrats have demanded that the U.S. invigorate lagging diplomatic efforts to bring Shia, Sunni and Kurdish factions together. We believe that an international conference of regional and world powers should be convened to chart a way forward for Iraq. Join me today and demand that we change course in Iraq.
In Britain, Prime Minister Tony Blair heard the same warning from his Ambassador that our Generals delivered here: the unity of Iraq is in peril. "The prospect of a low intensity civil war," he said, "is probably more likely at this stage than a successful and substantial transition to a stable democracy."
Even after all these obvious warnings, President Bush continues to whistle past the graveyard. He'll keep on whistling as long as his Rubber Stamp Republican Congress is there to ratify his failed strategy.
Our goal is to throw out this Rubber Stamp Congress in November and restore real accountability in the White House. Wake up, America - and make change happen!
Senator Edward M. Kennedy