From the Christian Science Monitor:
While only 24 percent of likely voters nationwide approve of Mr. Bush’s handling of the war, slightly more voters say it has been worth the loss of American lives, according to a Zogby poll released Friday. “It’s now clearly a Republican war,” says pollster John Zogby, noting that 59 percent of Republicans agree that the war has been worth the loss of life, compared with 20 percent of Democrats and 33 percent of independents.
“But Democrats also have this internal debate over just how far they can go. They are still afraid of being perceived by the American people as being antitroops or antipatriotic,” he adds. A strong showing from antiwar voters – expressed in e-mails, phone calls, or turnout at protests – “could provide an extra prod for Democrats to go that step further,” Mr. Zogby adds.
But never fear. In the same article, the intrepid Brookings Institution graces us with the think-tank wisdom of imperial equivocation in the face of all that agitation from the Great Unwashed:
In response, some defense analysts say that polling data can be misleading. “Because only 30 percent say they still support the war doesn’t mean that 70 percent are prepared to pack up and leave, no matter what happens to the region as a result,” says Michael O’Hanlon at the Brookings Institution.
“It’s the position of a third to half the Congress that we can still salvage something in Iraq,” says Mr. O’Hanlon, noting that most of the Democratic leadership is not in that camp. “We haven’t had a sophisticated development of Plan B in Iraq. Congress is in a good position to flesh out some options.”
Who in the hell is the Brookings Institution, and why in the hell should any of us listen to them? Another academic policy mush-mill, with heavy recipe crossovers from the Democratic Leadership Council and its own mush-mill, the Progressive Policy Institute.
Here’s what to do with these remarks from the Brookings Institution and all the other “centrist” mush-mills. Stuff a stack of their aimless pontifications into your handbag while you walk the dog, and use the pages to pick up shit.
Then go home and bombard these bobbing, weaving elected officials with a clear message that doesn’t get past the rent-a-cops at the think tanks’ front doors: Not one more day, not one more dime, not one more life, not one more lie.
Cut the money. Cut it all. Cut it now.
My own decision-allergic Congressman, who I will out here in a national venue, David Price, is now blathering about “exit strategy” (a think tank term if ever there was one) to avoid the issue of defunding the war. But he is on the defensive, as he was when 400 of us encamped in front of his office – with others inside, refusing to leave – to (successfully) pressure him to vote against the 2002 authorization for war (which he now proudly slaps on his website’s front page. (Of course, he has voted every time since then to re-fund the war… Price is deep-down DLC).
My point? We did turn him on a vote, and it was civil disobedience – a 26-hour sit-in at his Chapel Hill office in October 2002 – that did the trick.
There is something about being polite when the blood is running down the gutters that should strike us all as obscene… sinful even.
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