13 February 2007

US House debating Iraq escalation

The House has finally begun a long awaited debate on the direction of our failed policy in Iraq. As you recall, King Georges Republican party threatened to filibuster debate on the senate floor (perhaps Democrats should remove that parliamentary procedure, as Republican threatened to do while stocking the courts with ultra conservative activist judges last year). Each [House] member will have five minutes to speak ahead of Friday's [non-binding resolution] vote. BBC.

Pressing the feeble dictator-presidents failed policies is a new bad guy in this arena, John Boner R-OH (the name says it all), the House minority leader who has troubling ties to corrupt lobbyists such as Jack Abramof (the man who defrauded native american tribes to the tune of tens of millions of dollars and is currently incarcerated) and the Mark Foley paedophelia scandal. Boner stated that, "attempts to undermine US policy would embolden terrorists worldwide, a pathetic and untenable defense, and that, Democrats of trying to "cut off funds for troops in harm's way and leave Iraq in chaos. First off, I am pretty tired of the neocon puppets hiding behind our troops to defend their failed policies and second, it was these horrible policies that created the chaos on Iraq. As ridiculous as it is to defend King Georges disasterous policies, it is sort of nice to have a new bad guy to target.

But back to the point. After 4 years of a gag-order on any serious debate in congress (and by default, the mainstream media) over how to take positive action in Iraq, we finally have a chance to have a minimal debate. Very refreshing to see a counterbalance to King George and his dictator like ways.

UPDATE - "Because they cannot defeat Americans on the battlefield, al-Qaida and terrorist sympathizers around the world are trying to divide us here at home," John Boner (the AP. Same old tired attack rhetoric from the quasi-fascists.

I like this quote, "If we let Democrats force us into a debate on the surge or the current situation in Iraq, we lose," Reps. Peter Hoekstra (news, bio, voting record), R-Mich., and John Shadegg. You know they understand the weakness of their position and arguments when they make a statement like this.