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Conscience and the War

State of the State: The marriage of government and corporate power in the USA is devolving rapidly into enclaves each distinct and separate through the lawlessness and unconstitutional behavior of corporations and government.

Along with this the entire angry and unhappy middle class is restive. The working class itinerants and piece workers find work with the immigrants who are demonized and abused. It is too late now.

“All the King’s horses and all the King’s men couldn’t put Humpty together again.”

Matt Drayton

San Francisco, California

Mar 14 2007 - 6:26pm

Senator Inevitable

Hillary is a mixed bag of advantages and disadvantages. It may work to her advantage that so much is already known of her that it may be impossible to "swift boat" her.

I don't believe voting for the Iraq resolution (which was a statutory authorization to use military force, if necessary, to insure Saddam was disarmed) ia necessarily a bad thing. It, combined with a similar resolution from the UN the following month, did what it was designed to do; it got the inspectors access.

All that said, it is true that giving that authorization to this president was a mistake. I agree with Hillary Clinton that this administration misled us, misused this authorization, and failed to plan for after Saddam was removed.

Her problem here, as I see it, is her vote to confirm Condi Rice. This is also Biden's and Obama's problems, as they also voted to confirm.

What do any of these three know today that they did not know when they voted to promote Dr. Rice, who was an integral part of misleading, misusing, and failure to plan? How can they reconcile their complaints about these things with their vote (an official "okay") for one who part of what they now complain of?

That question is lurking out there. It will come up. How can they answer it?

John S. Smith

Hamilton, NJ

Mar 14 2007 - 4:55pm

Cheney, Cornered

The final irony may be that our ally Saudi Arabia, as well as our own black-ops community, are now busily funneling support to Sunni groups attacking us in Iraq, including those affiliated with Al Qaeda. See Seymour Hersh's recent article in The New Yorker for details.

Sam Thornton

Burwell, NE

Mar 14 2007 - 2:01pm

Conscience and the War

Twelve years of merciless sanctions killed more than one million people in Iraq. Four years of occupation, false promises of democracy and reconstruction have resulted in more deaths and devastation, and plunged the country into a civil war.

The October 2006 issue of the medical journal, The Lancet, estimated that 655,000 people had died in Iraq following the invasion. Oil production, electricity production, and the accessibility of drinkable water are all at lower levels presently as compared to four years ago, under sanctions!

The American Empire focuses on conquest and the acquisition of raw materials like oil. Politicians, with millions in their bank accounts, forget how ordinary people survive. While they bicker over non-binding resolutions, innocent people die, and the American infrastructure crumbles as the Iraqi infrastructure crumbles.

In Iraq and the US, schools and hospitals continue to decay, limiting their care of the people. A nation without a solid educational system is a nation with a limited future. A nation without an efficient medical system is a cancerous nation.

The American people are becoming as powerless as the Iraqi people. We must leave Iraq and allow its citizens the right of self-determination, but the U.S. struggles under a rogue executive. The American government neglects the desires of its own citizens and the citizens of Iraq.

Evacuate by 2008.

Jerie Leep

Tenkiller, Oklahoma

Mar 14 2007 - 1:45pm

Senator Inevitable

Greider does not mention Hillary Clinton's beholdenness to AIPAC.

If not for AIPAC she might not have been such a determined hawk. I think it is important to bring this a topic out of its taboo status.

I notice on one of todays's blogs that Obama dares to talk about the plight of the Palestinians.

Nina Sakun

Hartford , ctCT

Mar 14 2007 - 10:45am

Conscience and the War

This was supposed to be a cakewalk, not a generational world war.

Harold Forsko

Irvine, CA

Mar 13 2007 - 8:20pm

Conscience and the War

I think that some people do not understand the way the world works.

If you spent any time around Arabic people, you would know that they only respect power. I have many Arab friends, and not one of them feels that we should leave Iraq!

Matter of fact, they feel that if we don't take down Iran, they will end up nuking somebody who pisses them off...!!! Ever think of that?

Tim Williams

Redlands, CA

Mar 13 2007 - 12:09pm

Senator Inevitable

You'll excuse me if I believe nearly sixty years of life experience that includes being a fine attorney, First Lady, wife/partner to one of the best Presidents of the United States, Senator from one of the biggest states and an articulate and intelligent person overall makes Hillary Clinton MORE appealing as a potential President rather than LESS.

In your zeal to make Barack Obama the crown-prince of destiny, you neglect to factor in the main reason he is not: that same life-experience.

Given the present mal-Administration's penchant for moral depravity, I'll take a calculated Hillary over a directionless Bush any day. To replace Mr. Bush with a "nice guy" in Barack Obama simply because he is, in your opinion, "fresh," does a great disservice to those who have the gravitas to be President from Day One. The presidency is NOT the place for rookies...that's "Bush-league," if you will.

Barack Obama? An excellent choice to be Hillary's Veep for eight years starting with their inauguration in '09. THEN, I'll support President Obama in 2016...when he's seasoned, experienced and ready to lead.

Dale Shaw

Philadelphia, PA

Mar 13 2007 - 4:19am

KBR's $400 Million Iraq Question

Dubai has no extradition treaty with the US? Is Halliburton's motivation that vast illegal activities are soon to arrive in court-- such as $400 million fraudulently stolen.

Then there's that 230 tons of $100 bills that successfully evaporated, none of which bought lunch for anyone I know.

Jim Harris

Austin, TX

Mar 12 2007 - 10:07pm

HRC: Can't Get No Respect

There is a grain of fairly trivial truth here: Wealthy white women have as much right as their male counterparts to be self-seeking and unprincipled. Therefore, Code Pink should leave the identity politics to the predictably dull Pollitt and stick to the main point: Hillary is the Democratic Party's leading contender for President. She is an unrepentant enabler of Republican crimes. For purely practical reasons, it makes more sense to work against her than against other folks with both less complicity and less influence. Just as her gender doesn't warrant abuse, it also doesn't warrant a pass.

As ever, Pollitt's views on the status quo and the necessity to make every kind of concession to same are too cynical and decadent to warrant much discussion. I think it's safe to say, though, that if Hillary had enabled attacks on choice the way she has enabled the mass killing of dark foreigners, we wouldn't be suffering this particular lecture.

Mike Girard

Brooklyn, NY

Mar 12 2007 - 6:24pm