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  •  It may still be the wimp factor (1+ / 0-)
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    peace voter

    During the campaign, Obama was triangulating, not wanting to be labeled a pacifist, or a Dem wimp soft on terrorism, so he distinguished between "good" wars (Afghanistan) and "dumb" wars (Iraq), in tune with the then-prevailing "wisdom".  He doesn't want the Rethugs to pin on him the "He lost Afghanistan" tag, even though there is nothing there to win via warfare.

    And by the way, Marcy Winograd, my spouse, has this issue nailed!  It is good to see that there are a good group of true progressives in the House already, but it would be fabulous to replace a Blue Dog like Jane Harman, in a district where we don't have any political survival reason to triangulate.  

    "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

    by Budlawman on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 02:12:33 PM PST

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      peace voter, downwithtyranny

      Marcy makes compelling points--with the final one being courage.

      •  Exactly right (1+ / 0-)
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        peace voter

        It is a shame and a disgrace that the cause of peace is championed by so few, while we rattle our sabers at so many perceived affronts half a world away, purporting to police the world even as we fail to properly educate our children, house our people and provide them with adequate affordable health care (not to mention deny them easy access to the benefits of unionization).  We need to get real about our priorities in light of the changing world landscape, frankly accept the fact that we cannot continue to be the empire we once may have been, and go about improving the lives of our own people and those in other lands by other than murderous means, while still -- and this is entirely possible -- keeping our people safe from attack.

        "The true revolutionary is guided by a great feeling of love."

        by Budlawman on Mon Nov 30, 2009 at 02:47:36 PM PST

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