Why do things happen when they do?
Why, on Thursday nights, do your kids suddenly seem to want your advice or decide to conform to your suggestions?
I’ll leave that questions for the moment, although some of you already know the answer.
Let’s consider why several current events are happening at this time:
Dick Cheney and his “aid and comfort” allegations are 10,000 miles away from Washington DC.
In seemingly unrelated yet apparently massive capitulation to common sense and reality, various members of the military, Defense Department, CIA and Bush cabinet said some things that seem to counter the Bush line on Iraq and Iran, and should warm the cockles of my heart:
CIA chief Mike McConnell admitted that Iraq looked like civil war, that Iran couldn’t get nuclear weapons for 5-8 years. He also said that he couldn’t prove that the penetator IEDs were made in Iran (though he did come up with a new charge, that Iraqis were trained to use the IED’s by Iranians ). Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Peter Pace said CATEGORICALLY that the military was not planning to attack Iran. And perhaps most amazing of all, Condi Rice announced that the US was going to attend a “neighbors’ meeting” (including Syria and Iran) in Baghdad next month.
Blow me down.
Back to the way our kids operate. All of these earthshaking announcements came in the setting of Bush sending his minions up to Capitol Hill to beg for money.
Does that ring a bell?
Pace, Rice and Gates were actually on Capital Hill to ask for more money–about $100 Billion to fund the Iraq and Afghan campaigns through the end of 2007. The “supplemental” request is on top of the $70 billion Congress allocated to those wars late last year.
Now, I suspect that, in order to get the money to fund his many nefarious schemes, George Bush would promise (in very parsed words) to perform gay marriages in Golden Gate Park.
Are we clear?
Money talks, bullshit walks.
The scuttlebut (and the evidence) in Washington is that Bush fears nothing, reads nothing, will listen to nothing, will be checked by nothing short of the power of the purse, exerted by Congress. And we are seeing the proof.
Given the slender margins by which the Democrats control the congress, PASSING or even debating bills to stop Bush is impossible, not to mention the inevitable veto. What must be done, and can be done, on the other hand, is NOT to pass a bill: the appropriations bill.
Dems should not be afraid to go all the way to shutting down the government to get what is needed to stop Bush. Two thirds of Americans are in favor of getting out of Iraq. If the Dems fail to accomplish this and fail to prevent an attack on Iran, their public support will wane, as people throw up their hands at the whole process.
This is a showdown of the greatest magnitude, for the Democratic Party, the American people, our system of government, and for the Mideast and much of the future of the world.