The Democrats caved in and supported the supplemental occupation funding demanded by the Bush Cabal. The arguments apparently being that they a) didn’t have the votes to overcome a veto; b) they didn’t want to be blamed for the growing death and chaos; c) the belief this keeps Iraq the Republican’s adventure; d) perhaps – because the PSAs haven’t been signed yet. Regardless, the considerations were political – not moral – not responsive to the mandate that the November elections sent. The arguments now are that they can revisit the funding issue in September – 4 months from now – 122 days from June 1 to September 31. Given a rough average death toll of five US troops and 50 Iraqi civilians, that makes a low estimate of 6710 (610 US troops, 6100 Iraqi civilians) deaths for buckling on the funding.
Six thousand seven hundred and ten lives for a failure of will.
Six thousand seven hundred and ten lives for vested corporate interests.
Six thousand seven hundred and ten lives for a coward’s political strategy.
Damn the Democrats, and damn the Republicans. Their gamesmanship is being paid for in the blood of others. How dare they do this? How dare we let them do this?
This is NOT a war. It is an OCCUPATION. It is a bloody occupation to be sure, but an occupation all the same.
Once more the Bush Folk are talking about regime change – this time to clean the militia influence (Al-Sadar) out of the Iraqi Parliament. How exactly are they planning the removal of a democratically elected block of another government? Who is in charge? Is there even the illusion that the Iraqi government is independent to the U.S.?
Six thousand seven hundred and ten lives (and likely far more) as collateral damage for a political calculus that is doomed to fail no matter what.