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Monday, August 21, 2006

Can You Say "Civil War"?

Admitting the obvious might not seem like a very big accomplishment. In most quarters of Washington DC, however, where delusion seems the preferable mental state, admitting the obvious is contingent upon constant reminders that the public is paying attention. As long as we stay asleep – the Congress Critters see no need to wake up.

The most simple definition of Civil War is “A war between factions or regions of the same country.”

Do not look behind the curtain, nothing to see here, move right along.

As public opinion shifts, many of the former Iraq war supporters, the pundits, are willing to utter the words “Civil War”.

The New Yorker offers a little rundown on those who are changing their tune.

“It is now obvious that we are not midwifing democracy in Iraq,” Thomas L. Friedman wrote, in the August 4th edition of the Times. “We are baby-sitting a civil war.” Friedman may not be another Walter Lippmann (just as any number of Stewarts, Olbermanns, O’Reillys, and Coopers don’t quite add up to a Cronkite), but he is the most influential foreign-affairs columnist in the country, and from the beginning he has been a critical supporter of the war. His defection is a bellwether. “The Administration now has to admit what anyone—including myself—who believed in the importance of getting Iraq right has to admit,” he wrote. “Whether for Bush reasons or Arab reasons, it is not happening, and we can’t throw more good lives after good lives.” In a Washington Post column a day earlier, the relentlessly centrist David S. Broder, citing his colleague Thomas E. Ricks’s new book, “Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq,” admitted that “the hope for victory is gone” and deplored “the answer from Bush,” which he characterized this way: “Carry on. Do not waver. And do not question the logic of prolonging the agony.”

The Washington Post agrees,

“The debate is over: By any definition, Iraq is in a state of civil war.”

Also admitting the truth, is the New York Times, which states that American soldiers in Iraq are basically just target practice for all of those people that the grand ol’ US of A has pissed off. The US foreign policy (or lack thereof) has done nothing but spread hatred towards the US all over the globe.

Enough of the obvious (I wonder who is going to tell the President?) this site is supposed to be an alternative from simply reporting the facts. This site is intended to offer some solutions to the despair that fact reading brings about.

What do we do to fight a foreign policy so devoid of reality that our starting point is forcing the politicians to admit the truth?

United for Peace and Justice has several upcoming events.

In addition, you can sign Senator Kerry’s petition here.

The Kerry-Feingold plan is a good one and can be easily reconciled with Murtha's

Murtha is quite adept at spreading reality around. A thank you note to Murtha for waking up and speaking out is also a good activity for today.


  • At 1:19 PM, August 21, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    Well, I decided that since there have been 55 profile views, I must not be sitting out here in cyberspace as an unread piece of...well, an unread piece - I'll leave it at that.

    I had originally chosen to be safe and moderate this site. I also was not allowing 'anonymous' posts.

    Moderating was requiring a little too much attentiveness and disallowing anon posting seemed to be scaring people away.

    Since I have been viewed but not posted on I removed both safety settings and am now wide open for people who do not wish to identify themselves.

    We'll see how that goes for a while.

  • At 1:23 PM, August 21, 2006, Blogger iamcoyote said…

    I think people just don't like to register, but I can't imagine anyone not being registered with at least the major bloggers. Anyhow, you're doing great - I've asked dj to add you to our blogroll as an alumni - you think your hands and butt hurt before, wait'll you spend a couple days glued to the monitor! It looks good, hope you don't mind the pimping on TLC's open thread.

  • At 1:27 PM, August 21, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    You are sweet Coyote.

    I could do a blogwhore thing, but it is just not my style.

    You are johnny on the spot - just how do you know everytime that there is a comment anywhere?

  • At 1:37 PM, August 21, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    "Here's Johnny!!" Jack Nicholson style!
    Nah, just kidding!
    This is what I was talking about Anjha!
    Right on!!!

  • At 7:37 AM, August 22, 2006, Anonymous Seven of Six said…

    Anjha, Do you have a blog counter?

  • At 9:12 AM, August 22, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    working on it - just got up, give me some time.

  • At 9:18 AM, August 22, 2006, Blogger Anjha said…

    OK did it, but I can't figure out how to move i down further. I'll play with it later, when I am a little more awake.

    Never considered needing one SOS.

  • At 1:28 AM, December 02, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    it's been obvious fer a while now that thomas friedman is an nsa deep plant. he ghost rides ( and writes) whatever current propaganda the administration or multicorp desires;while posturing as yet another edgy outsider inter-leck-shural that can't be bought. if this man advocates withdrawal of forces from iraq it will be cuz his pals have made their fortunes and its time to cut and run and cover various war crimes on the way out.


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