Beyond the surge

Common Dreams
by Yifat Susskind

01/11/07

Wednesday night, Bush the Decider announced his intention to throw gasoline on the inferno he ignited in Iraq. He will send in another 21,500 US soldiers, who will kill and injure many more Iraqis and may be killed themselves. Bush's move shows total contempt for the demands of public opinion and the better judgment of Congress, the Iraq Study Group, and his own top generals (two of whom had to be replaced in order to push the plan through). This decision is not just 'stay the course.' It is speed up the course even though you're headed straight off a cliff. ... So what now? We should demand that Congress take advantage of the hearings scheduled over the next few weeks to really interrogate Bush's proposal. We should demand that they refuse Bush's request (expected in February) for another $100 billion to fund the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And we should forcefully remind them that it's not nearly enough to say 'no' to a troop increase. There are already 132,000 US soldiers in Iraq. A new Iraq policy must begin by bringing all of them home...

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