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By Dan Stone
If those who believe that Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats are continuing to fund the war, and maintaining the occupations of Afghanistan and Iraq so that the Republicans will lose big time in 2008, are correct, then the Democrats are playing a blood sport. This particular sport is characterized by one faction of the ruling class, for political reasons, e.g., to win an election, or to win more seats than otherwise, forcing the poor to fight and die for them long past the time that peace could have been brought.
This Blood Politics has been played before, most notably by Kissinger in the Vietnam War. Henry Kissinger, an architect of saturation bombing in Vietnam, made a deal with the South Vietnamese: If you hold off the peace talks until Nixon is elected, I will get you better terms. Nguyen Van Thieu of South Vietnam obeyed. The desired political result was achieved, the rug was pulled out from under Nixon's rival, Hubert Humphrey, and Nixon won the 1968 election, making Henry Kissinger his Secretary of State. But the terms of the final peace plan (signed January 27, 1973) were not better; they were the same terms as those of the original peace plan. The only difference was that four years had elapsed, resulting in the deaths of twenty thousand more American troops, and hundreds of thousands of civilians in Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The only people who benefited from this scheme were Nixon and his top officials including Kissinger. Blood Politics: Prevent peace, prolong war, let more people die in war so that you can win an election.
Are Pelosi, Reid and the Democrats also playing Blood Politics? _Preventing peace, prolonging war by throwing money at Bush's wars and occupations, letting more people die in Iraq and Afghanistan so that the Democrats will win in 2008, or win more seats in congress than they would otherwise? If they are playing this deadly game, their strategy may backfire. The American people may take their voter rage out on the Democrats for being weak and refusing effectively to oppose the occupations, rather than on the Republican neo-cons for getting us into the wars in the first place. Nixon lived to regret the success of Blood Politics. He got what he wanted --- the presidency --- but later chose to resign rather than be impeached.
Currently, there are at least three things that the American public should be pushing the Democrats to do to stop the current wars and occupations and help prevent future ones:
(a) Impeach the vice-president (or else both Cheney and Bush together) _ how can the neo-cons continue to occupy Afghanistan and Iraq and make grunting noises toward Iran if the executive is being impeached? It has been speculated that Nixon wanted to prolong the bombing war in Vietnam, but was abruptly stopped by the threat of impeachment.
(b) NOT bring war funding to a vote on the House floor. And
(c) NOT "redeploy" the troops to neighboring Middle Eastern countries, but bring all of them home.
Because the Democrats are not doing these things, they are prolonging the occupations way past the time when Americans wanted it ended, and past the time when a withdrawal could have been achieved with the same terms that a future pullout will have. But how many GIs, Afghanis and Iraqis will die in the interim? How many people will have to die for Pelosi's Blood Politics?
What Pelosi needs to do is initiate impeachment proceedings against Cheney (or both Cheney and Bush), and NOT bring ANY war funding to a vote. Whenever bush demands more money for his wars and occupations, she needs to tell him, "NO!!!"
We cannot wait for the next election _ every day that goes by with our acquiescence, is a day of death for the Iraqi people and the American soldiers. We, the American people, must force the Democrats to forgo their Blood Politics, and get serious about ending the occupations NOW.
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