If there’s anything we understand about the occupants of the White House, it is that worst-case scenarios are, if not dead certain, to use the phrase of the day, worth taking seriously.
But here’s the point of this post: Forget what Ollie North means by passivity. There’s a genuine passivity to fear. The Democrats have to stand up this week, loud, clear, and demonstrative, and declare that they will not get hustled into supporting a mindless, counterproductive attack on Iran. They will not appropriate funds for it. Half of them in the Senate got hustled at the equivalent moment in 2002 and now regret it, even if are only willing to use the euphemism “if I knew then what I know now.”
One thing they all must know now is who they are dealing with in the White House. The mania of George Bush and Dick Cheney is not the sum of all dangers today but it is, after all, a known quantity.
This time, for sure, post-facto regret won’t do.
Tuesday, September 04, 2007
Banging the Drum
Once again the Bush administration has begun to bang the war drum--this time with Iran. TPM's Todd Gitlin writes up why we should take this drumbeat seriously and the necessity more than ever before to contact our representaives and not let this go the way of Iraq. From Todd Gitlin's article: