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Gravel: Why Hillary Scares Me

Those who claim Mike Gravel is too old and too feeble-minded to be president should be warned that the real feeble-minded are those who are preparing to coronate the female Bush.

During one of the debates I mentioned that my fellow Democratic candidates scare me. Hillary's speech last week to the Take Back America conference gives me yet another reason to be afraid.

In an indignant voice she decried the Bush administration's ''stunning record of secrecy and corruption, of cronyism run amok. . . It is everything our founders were afraid of, everything our Constitution was designed to prevent.'' Actually, our Constitution grants Congress the power to prevent these ills but Hillary and her colleagues weren't up to the task.

Our founders' legacy did not stop Hillary from voting for the Patriot Act and then supporting its renewal in 2006 despite revelations that the government was using it to infringe on the very liberties that our founders held sacred. Where was her commitment to our founders when she voted to gut our habeas corpus protections?

As for cronyism -- Hillary has repeatedly authorized billions that the Pentagon gave in no-bid contracts to Halliburton. Even though the Democrats have been in control of Congress for months, they still haven't summoned Wolfowitz, Rumsfeld and the other usual suspects to account for the missing millions in reconstruction funding.

When I think about how Congress enabled Bush's corruption and cronyism, I'm reminded of the lines from Shakespeare's Julius Caesar:

And why should Caesar be a tyrant then?
Poor man! I know he would not be a wolf,
But that he sees the Romans are but sheep:
He were no lion, were not Romans hinds.

In the same frightening speech, Hillary went on the blame the Iraqis for the mess in their country: "The American military has succeeded. It is the Iraqi government which has failed to make the tough decisions that are important for their own people.''

Let me get this straight. The Iraq disaster is not the fault of the delusional neo-cons, the greedy oil companies, or the gullible and cowardly Congressional warhawks. (Most senators including Clinton didn't even bother to read the 90-page National Intelligence Estimate). According to Hillary, the real culprit is the Iraqi government that we created virtually overnight and left to govern a fractured, impoverished society. Talk about blaming the victim!

Hillary, as an active supporter of the war, you are one of many Americans who are guilty. And now all Americans are left responsible, regardless of whether we supported or opposed he war. When we pull out, our hands will drip with the blood of the tens of thousands of American casualties and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi dead. The Iraqi government didn't start this, we did.
Of course we can continue to compartmentalize ourselves from the truth, remove the troops and blame the rubble on the Iraqis. We can feed the collective fantasy that our good intentions and heroic efforts were thwarted by the cowardice and incompetence of others. But if that's what we take from our experience in Iraq, we will never learn the true lessons and we will be condemned to repeat the same mistakes.

The inability to admit a mistake and assume responsibility is not just a morally bankrupt way to walk through life; it is a dangerous and deadly way to lead a nation. When I am president, I will open up all secret files relating to the Iraq war and expose all officials who lied to the public in promoting it. (That's right, Dick, your files too.) My Justice Department will prosecute everyone who lied under oath or ripped off the American taxpayer by exploiting the Iraq reconstruction effort. And I will pardon to no one.

I'm supporting Gravel at this point 27.Jun.2007 15:04

Brian the Green

I had a chance to listen to Mike Gravel on a panel with Amy Goodman and Daniel Ellsberg at the UUA General Assembly here in Portland last week. I was extremely impressed with his history. The man would make a great President and has a long progressive streak we can all be proud of. From outing the Pentagon papers to fillabustering the draft legislation.

I visited his website today and see he is unequivicol and equal rights for all including GLBT. He is opposed to the war on drugs and the death penalty.

I even sent him some money to help him qualify for matching funds. www.gravel2008.us

What do you suppose she meant by this statement ... 27.Jun.2007 16:24

Jody Paulson

"U.S. policy must be clear and unequivocal: We cannot, we should not, we must not permit Iran to build or acquire nuclear weapons," Clinton told the crowd of Israel supporters. "In dealing with this threat ... no option can be taken off the table.''

for more info, read my post:

You call this a choice? Top Democratic presidential hopefuls okay with striking Iran

Gravel and Kucinich seem to be the only (Democratic) candidates not in bed with the Israel lobby or war profiteers ...

Clinton Era Infanticide in Iraq 27.Jun.2007 18:51

guess who

Hillary's hubby may hold the world record for infanticide. Guess Hillary believes it was the children's fault for dying from UN sanctions?

The Fifteen Year USA Conquest of Iraq
author: Russ Hallberg Jr. e-mail:e-mail:  gosh456@hotmail.com
The previous fifteen years of US political and military strategy against Iraq follows the ancient siege formula. The US decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was made in 1990 or before. The architect of this plan must have been schooled in siege warfare. Bombardment, restriction of food and water supplies and disease are standard tactics of siege warfare

Russ Hallberg Jr , 06.09.2005 22:35

The US conquest of Iraq follows the traditional siege formula,viewed over a 15 year period. The strategy is similar to Genghis Kahn's.


The previous fifteen years of US political and military strategy against Iraq follows the ancient siege formula. The US decision to invade Iraq in 2003 was made in 1990 or before. The architect of this plan must have been schooled in siege warfare. Bombardment, restriction of food and water supplies and disease are standard tactics of siege warfare. link to en.wikipedia.org

Kuwait was using diagonal drilling link to vi.uh.edu

Baghdad was used as a showcase of precision bombing during Desert Storm. link to www.cnn.com

Instead of a catapult or other siege weapon, 85,000 tons of bombs were dropped on Iraq. That is equivalent to five Hiroshima bombs. Precision bombing or not, Iraq's infrastructure was destroyed. The 20 million people of Iraq depend upon two desert rivers for their water supply. The Iraq potable water supply requires extensive water and sewage treatment. That capacity was destroyed by US bombing in 1991.  http://www.ratical.org/ratville/CAH/UScahIraq.html

Genghis Kahn's forces used catapults to launch the corpses of plague victims into besieged cities. Air strikes destroyed most of Iraq's clean water supply, it's pharmaceutical manufacturing capability and health care infrastructure. Iraq's agriculture productivity was also heavily damaged. Diseases such as cholera, typhus, dysentery and polio became epidemic. Diseases of malnutrition were apparent in many children. There are several approaches to the casualties caused by the UN Sanctions against Iraq.  http://www.antiwar.com/iraq/sanctions.html

The 2003 US invasion precipitated another 98,000 deaths. link to www.zmag.org

Pillaging has been stymied by international law.  http://www.harpers.org/BaghdadYearZero.html A blatant attempt was made to pillage Iraq's industrial base. The US interim government in Baghdad offered Iraq's 200 government owned companies for sale. This was an illegal transaction, according to the Geneva Convention. There were no buyers. The prospective buyers feared their purchase would be illegal.

Conquest will manifest itself in less blatant form. The United States has asserted its military superiority over the world. The successful industrialization of a developing country has been destroyed. www.iacenter.org/Iraq/iraq_11yearsafter.htm

This article Copyright 2005 by Russ Hallberg Jr. According to the author, the text on this page may be freely reproduced and distributed.

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Don't forget 28.Nov.2005 11:44
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