The Handwriting on the Wall Is Written in Blood
By Scott Galindez
Monday 28 May 2007
"I think the handwriting is on the wall that we are going in a
different direction in the fall."
"We can no longer support an endless occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan."
The quotes above are not from anti-war Democrats. No, it's not
Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) or Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Nebraska). These quotes
come from Senators Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) and Jeff Sessions
Is this just another fake moving of the goal posts? Or is it a
sign of a major sea change to come from the Republicans in Congress?
We have been hearing for months that many Republicans are only giving
the "surge" until September, and then they will be looking for a "new
strategy." I have to ask, Senator McConnell, if the handwriting is on
the wall, then why wait until September? How many more American troops
and Iraqis will die for a policy that you already know is failed?
This Memorial Day, nearly 1,000 more families will be visiting the
graves of American soldiers killed in Iraq than a year ago. With death
tolls over 100 for the last few months, I have to ask if over 400 new
lives should be sacrificed, if the handwriting is already on the wall?
The handwriting that is on the wall is being written in the blood
on the hands of those who continue to support funding for this war.
If Senator McConnell thinks the handwriting is already on the
wall, why didn't he support an override of the president's veto of the
Iraq supplemental, which included a timeline for withdrawal from Iraq?
If Senator Sessions believes that we cannot support an endless
occupation, then why doesn't he support timelines for withdrawal?
When Senator McConnell next speaks to the troops or the families
of those serving in Iraq, I challenge him to explain to them why the
direction is not changing today, and why their loved ones should fight
between now and September.
While many Americans are frustrated that the Democrats have not
done more, the bottom line is that the Republicans in Congress have
blocked every attempt to force Bush's hand. The Democrats should not
be let off the hook, but the recent votes have shown that if they had
the power, they would end the war. It is the Republicans who are
voting against their conscience to support the president - not to
support the troops.
Scott Galindez is the DC Bureau Chief of Truthout.
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