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If the House Republicans don’t believe President Bush anymore…

… when can I expect to see the Republican House members introduce a bill for an immediate and total pullout from Iraq?

Quote Updates 5/18

Horatio, Lord Nelson:
“I am acting not only without the orders of my commander-in-chief, but, in some measure, contrary to him…I am doing what is right and proper for the service of our king and country. Political courage, in an officer abroad, is as highly necessary as military courage.”

Gregory Norbert:
“When the time of our particular sunset comes our thing, our accomplishment won’t really matter a great deal. But the clarity and care with which we have loved others will speak with vitality of the great gift of life we have been for each other.”

Stan Rogers:
“…For we couldn’t leave her there, you see, to crumble into scale./She’d saved our lives so many times, living through the gale/And the laughing, drunken rats who left her to a sorry grave/They won’t be laughing in another day…/

“And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow/With smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go/Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain/And like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again

“Rise again, rise again – though your heart it be broken/And life about to end/No matter what you’ve lost, be it a home, a love, a friend./ Like the Mary Ellen Carter, rise again….”

Kunal Ghosh:
“That communism is a crypto-religion in line with Judaism and Christianity (both are Abrahamic faiths of West Asian origin) has been alluded to by many great thinkers…Abrahamic religions, whenever they conquer a territory, convert the inhabitants and try to suppress their ancestral culture. Ancestral history becomes a prohibited subject. In Afghanistan and Pakistan pre-Islamic Hindu-Buddhist history is not permitted in schools. China is doing the same in Tibet.”

“I, and other women like me, object to the assertion that sex work is inherently degrading and that no woman pursues this work or experience by choice. Women do make these choices, and I’m among them. And I have no regrets. My perspective on Sawyer was just that – I was a woman who made a choice.

“This isn’t to say that degrading and dehumanizing sex work doesn’t exist, because it most certainly does. But it does a disservice to everyone when we fail to recognize the differences, the differences in power, autonomy, and freedom.”

And we thought Dubya was bad…

After Super Tuesday it looks like it will be a choice between Clinton and McCain, both of which have said it is possible the war will continue throughout their administrations if elected.

If Obama loses in the Democratic race… wouldn’t it be cool if there was an independent ticket of Obama-Paul?

How Bush can stimulate the economy

President Bush wants to stimulate the economy.  Here’s a way: take Rep. Ron Paul’s recommendation of pulling all our troops home, not just from Iraq, but from all foreign bases.

Just considering Iraq alone, though:  Iraq costs the American people almost 1.4 billion dollars a week. It drains our economy to the tune of $4.50 for every man, woman, and child in the US every week.  That’s $78/month, or $936/year, for a family of four.

Does anyone think the nation’s families of four could stimulate the economy by each of them having an extra $936/year to spend in the US instead of wasting it in Iraq?  And that’s not even counting the savings in pulling out of South Korea (they’ve taken enough of US industry markets, they can afford to defend themselves now) and European NATO bases!

Let’s bring our people home and keep our dollars home!

Democrats try to end the ultimate taxation without representation

The ultimate form of taxation without representation is to accrue massive government debts that will have to be paid by people not even born yet.  It’s difficult to vote if you haven’t even reached embryo status yet.

According to CNN , Rep. Dave Obey of Wisconsin suggested that current voters pay for the Iraq conflict, since current voters control whether that conflict continues or not.

Naturally, Republicans – with their never-ending concern for the unborn – are in favor of continuing to tax not only the unborn but even the not-yet-conceived.

CNN reports: Most Dem Pres candidates are pro-Iraq-war

Summary: The only clear anti-war candidate from either party is Bill Richardson of New Mexico. Dodd is sorta but does not give a timetable.

From CNN:

The leading Democratic White House hopefuls conceded Wednesday night they cannot guarantee to pull all U.S. combat troops from Iraq by the end of the next presidential term in 2013.

“I think it’s hard to project four years from now,” said Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois in the opening moments of a campaign debate in the nation’s first primary state.

“It is very difficult to know what we’re going to be inheriting,” added Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York.

“I cannot make that commitment,” said former Sen. John Edwards of North Carolina.

Sensing an opening, Sen. Christopher Dodd of Connecticut and New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson provided the assurances the others would not.

“I’ll get the job done,” said Dodd, while Richardson said he would make sure the troops were home by the end of his first year in office.

There it is, folks… and remember it was the Democrats that got the nation into Vietnam…

And parties wonder why loyalty to parties is dwindling. Maybe it’s because party loyalty to the voters is non-existent.

The war crimes tribunal that’s really needed

For Saddam Hussein’s actions to kill as many Iraqis as Bush’s actions did, Hussein would have to live and rule for at least another 200 years:

“If Saddam can be sentenced to death for his responsibility in the killing of 148 Shiites, what about Bush/Cheney/Rumsfeld/Blair’s responsibility for the tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians slaughtered by Bush’s invasion of Iraq? This massive carnage is the direct consequence of an illegal invasion – a war crime in itself for which Nazi leaders were sentenced to death – that was based on lies and deception. Bush himself admits that 30,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed. Iraq Body Count puts the civilian deaths at between 45,000 and 50,000. The recent Johns Hopkins University study published in the peer-reviewed British medical journal, The Lancet (11 Oct, 2006), puts the Iraqi civilian deaths caused by Bush’s invasion as high as 655,000.” – Paul Craig Roberts

More here.