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  •  There is no antiwar left to appease. (5+ / 0-)

    Of any consequence, anyway.

    •  I threw in "left" to stay with the flow although (4+ / 0-)
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      I don't like the left/right labels much.  But there are plenty of people opposed to U.S. imperialism, right, left and center and Obama is going to try and walk the fine line of a Democratic President.  It'll work with his diehards but more and more are seeing thru the bullshit.  I'm hoping "antiwar" becomes more prevalent as the year goes on and people hear from Obama what his plans are.

      •  A trillion here, a trillion there...... (1+ / 0-)
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        Let's hope antiwar becomes more than a slogan and actually becomes a powerful movement to end this war.

        While much of the talk in Washington centers on taxes, Social Security and Medicare, far less attention is being paid to the growing cost of the U.S. wars overseas.

        A new report from Brown University has estimated the true cost of the U.S. wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and Pakistan will end up costing approximately $4 trillion, far more than the Bush or Obama administrations have acknowledged.

        The authors of the study reveal that because the war has been financed almost entirely by borrowing, $185 billion in interest has already been paid on war spending, and another $1 trillion could accrue in interest alone through 2020.

        Pentagon Papers Daniel Ellsberg, “It was always a bad year to get out of Vietnam.”

        by allenjo on Thu Apr 19, 2012 at 12:31:18 PM PDT

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    •  no antiwar left, but a large antiwar center. (5+ / 0-)

      At least by the looks of these polls. The war is one policy where I just don't get President Obama. He was against the war before he was elected and almost all of the people who are at all likely to vote for him are against the war. It should be an easy decision to choose peace when it appears to be this popular.

      I hate war as only a soldier who has lived it can, as only one who has seen its brutality, its futility, its stupidity. Dwight D. Eisenhower

      by Bob the old soldier on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:47:48 PM PDT

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      •  He was most certainly NOT against the Afghan War (2+ / 0-)
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        before he was elected or any other time to my knowledge.

      •  I think he meant "left" (4+ / 0-)
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        as in remaining. And these polling numbers not withstanding your could see a bigger turnout for a car accident than you do for a anti-war protest.

        I'm not sure you're correct here:

        He was against the war before he was elected  
        He campaigned on getting us out of Iraq, but also on escalating Afghanistan. I disagreed with him on the latter but voted for him anyway.

        Just my luck. One campaign promise he stuck to was the one I'd have most like him to break.

        Don't tithe to the Catholic Church. Cut out the middle man and give directly to the Republican National Committee.

        by Scott Wooledge on Wed Apr 18, 2012 at 08:55:33 PM PDT

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