John Nichols cites Maria Cantwell of Washington State as an MVP of 2009. He praises her for her work on financial industry issues. But I would like to point out here that Senator Cantwell supported the invasion of Iraq. An act of political cowardice at worst, an act of incompetence at best, that will far outweigh anything good she may do in the remainder of her time in the US Senate.
I nominate Seattle activist Jean Buskin for an MVP award for the past decade. She and several other activists peacefully occupied Senator Cantwell's Seattle office leading up to the Iraq war and demanded that she vote against the unlawful invasion. The group was arrested. When Ms. Buskin appeared before a judge, she was offered a slap-on-the-wrist sentence if she would promise not to participate in any more actions. She refused and was sentenced to thirty days in jail.
Cantwell bears a big share of the responsibility for all the pain, suffering, destruction and waste of money that the Iraq war has manifested.
Shame on Cantwell. And shame on Nichols for overlooking her role in the worst foreign policy mistake in decades.
George P. Hickey
Dec 31 2009 - 11:26pm