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Dick Durbin, Illinois' senior senator and majority whip, has betrayed-us on Iraq funding, along with the rest of the Senate, save for Feingold (bless him!)

I'm dismayed by Senator Durbin's doublespeak.  He gave
a speech to the Center for National Policy on September 7, 2007 (link below) where he expressed his opposition to more blank checks to the Bush administration for the occupation of Iraq.  But as you can see in The Nation article below, he, Harry Reid, and every Democratic Senator
who was present for the vote (except for Russ Feingold, bless him!)
have voted yet another blank check.

Funding of Bush's occupation of Iraq is killing and dismembering our
troops. Dick Durbin is enabling the Casualty Creation Machine, and he's being deceptive about it, too.

I'm a member of Military Families Speak Out (mfso.org, a non-partisan
organization), and I have a son deployed to Iraq. I've lobbied Senator Durbin and his staff, extensively and patiently, for months (they know me ; - ) to stop enabling this misuse and abuse of our troops.  

I'm not a Republican or a Democrat; I'm an independent Independent, and that's how I like it.  I have no partisan loyalties which interfere with my priorities, which include valuing, respecting, and conserving our Armed Forces for their Constitutionally-defined purpose, i.e., the common defense of this nation.  It angers me that the Executive branch is wrecking our Armed Forces and this nation, and it doubly angers me that Congressional leadership is play-acting the role of helpless bystander and saying, "Isn't it awful?" while shoveling more coal into the Casualty Creation Machine and then denying that they are.

My view is that the Senate should be a bulwark against an out-of-control Executive branch which is on a binge of destruction.  I urge anyone, especially Illinois residents, who seriously want our troops out of the Iraq hellhole to contact Dick Durbin and tell him to stop authorizing new funds except those for safe, orderly re-deployment in earnest and without further delay.

Also tell him you expect he, Harry Reid, and their colleagues to use
their individual votes, leadership positions, Senate know-how, and
creative use of the power of the purse, to bulldoze the path and lead this re-deployment, no excuses accepted.

An alternate choice?  Do nothing, and be content to let American troops burn in Iraq.  

Capitol switchboard: 800 828-0498 800 614-2803
Durbin's Springfield office: 217 492-4062

John Nichols
Fri Sep 28, 10:48 AM ET

Congress Quietly Approves Billions More for Iraq War

The Nation -- The Senate agreed on Thursday to increase the federal
debt limit by $850 billion -- from $8.965 trillion to $9.815
trillion -- and then proceeded to approve a stop-gap spending bill
that gives the Bush White House at least $9 billion in new funding
for its war in Iraq.

Additionally, the administration has been given emergency authority
to tap further into a $70 billion "bridge fund" to provide new
infusions of money for the occupation while the Congress works on
appropriations bills for the Department of Defense and other
agencies.

Translation: Under the guise of a stop-gap spending bill that is
simply supposed to keep the government running until a long-delayed
appropriations process is completed -- probably in November -- the
Congress has just approved a massive increase in war funding.

Senator Durbin's "No blank checks" speech  Full text of The Nation article   Tom Tomorrow's "This Modern World" take, knee-slappin' hilarious!

Originally posted to Hound Dog on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 04:15 AM PDT.

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  •  I Used to Be Proud (4+ / 0-)
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    MadRuth, peglyn, Owllwoman, born socialist

    that I voted for Durbin and he represents by great state of Illinois. Not so much anymore.

    "It is not enough to win, all others must lose," Sun Tzu.

    by webranding on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 04:19:10 AM PDT

  •  Diarist, please edit (1+ / 0-)
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    Bouwerie Boy

    for fair use policy. (Three paragraphs is the acceptable customary length when quoting published sources). Then you can provide a link to the article so readers can see it in its entirety. If you post the complete article, you open up this site to the possibility of copywrite violations. Especially when it says "Copyright © 2007 The Nation" at the bottom of the page ;-)

    (Link to the Nation article quoted)

    Congressional Dems say that history will call the Bush regime a "miserable failure." What will history say about those who sat back and let it happen? IMPEACH!

    by Lisa Lockwood on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 04:56:01 AM PDT

  •  a bit misleading (1+ / 0-)
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    jimraff

    the true question is: why we cannot have a decent candidate for President, Feingold or Gore?  Kucinich is "not serious" accoding to too many people, and the top three are all implicated in bouts of "patriotic craziness" that sweep Congress periodically (sometimes on behalf of Israel).

    More precisely, we were betrayed by all Senators except one.  Not enough to save Gomorrah.  Sigh.

    At least Edwards has an alibi -- he was not voting.

  •  Some may say (0+ / 0-)

    ...don't bash Democrats you'll get a Republican President.

    I say "What the fucks the difference?"..

  •  They all have to respond to the MIC (0+ / 0-)

    there is no distinction when it comes to defense money. They all want it, and they are all of them, with few exceptions beholden to them.  Why the surprise?

  •  Oh goody. Another they have betrayed us diary (0+ / 0-)

    It's been nearly an hour since the last one and I was beginning to worry.

    "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

    by Bouwerie Boy on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 06:18:29 AM PDT

    •  Don't fret Buewerie (0+ / 0-)

      ...there'll be a whole lot more.

    •  Glad to alleviate your anxiety! (0+ / 0-)

      If the General Betrayed-us, then Congressional leadership has exta-double-triple Betrayed-us.  People who live in semi-transparent domiciles should not be the first to disburse betrayal notices.

      •  I'm afraid you have not allevated it. You see (0+ / 0-)

        I worry very much about brand new members who begin their activity here with diaries that accuse the Democrats of betrayal.

        "Men will never be free until the last king is strangled with the entrails of the last priest." ~ Diderot

        by Bouwerie Boy on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 07:36:39 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Beware, indeed! (0+ / 0-)

          I'm an independent, worked hard as a grassroots supporter to get my idiot MC (Repub, by the way)kicked out of the IL 19th CD and get Danny Stover elected instead, but failed.  Contributed to Tammy Duckworth's campaign.  Thought the Dems were actually going to get our troops out of the Iraq hellhole where my son is now deployed, and shockaroo, they aren't doing it.  Need anything else?  and who are you, please?  ; - )

  •  American People Should Take at Least Some Blame (1+ / 0-)
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    poemless

    I too am getting tired of our representatives selling out and it's particularly irritating when around 70% agree that the Iraq War needs to end. However, from what I see, the American people need to take a strong hard look at themselves too. Why are people so willing to believe snippits of information from unreliable sources and repeat them. If you google the $80,000 on SCHIP, you get thousands of posts passing around the lie and nothing on the truth. The truth you have to already know about and go digging for it.

    Why do Americans react to television advertisements of groups clearly owned by multi-millionaire Bush connected people like Freedoms Watch. Isn't that group transparent enough to take them for what they are?

    Why do Americans react to campaign smear advertising like what was done to Max Cleland. It works so well that Limbaugh decided to defend himself with the offensive move of comparing the Soldier in the Vote Vets ad to a suicide bomber.

    I just saw a blog post that claims that there were never any votes against veterans health care and dozens of commenters agreed with the post. There in fact were several from 2003-2005 either cutting funding for veterans health and other support programs or refusing to fund proposed ones to take the place of the ones that got cut. I listed them on my blog today as my congressrat Mark Kirk always voted against the soldiers and vets even though he is a vet.

    The republicans tapped a limitless resource, American ignorance of facts and law. Democrats scramble to get some truth across, but the lies go down better for some reason, probably because most people would rather hear that they dont' have to actually do or care about anything, or pay for anything (but that's a myth in itself).

    Our fellow Americans have willingly sold this country on the cheap and that is way more troubling than anything Dick Durbin has done on his own. He's simply reflecting it.

    Using my free speech while I still have it.

    by ebgill on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 09:31:45 AM PDT

    •  Agreed....... (0+ / 0-)

      .......the American people need to get their shtick in one sock.  In the meantime, our Armed Forces are being misused and abused daily in the occupation of Iraq.  Call me idealistic, but to me, the Senate should be the final bulwark against an out-of-control executive branch which is wrecking our Armed forces and this country.  Senate leadership has the brains and know-how to pave the path which leads the re-deployment, and they seem to me to lack the will.  I've lobbied Durbin and his staff extensively and patiently, have been told the "no more blank checks" line, and the deceit is only too obvious.  I like Durbin.  I hate to take a stance against him, but he's not taking effective action to redeploy our troops in a safe and orderly manner, and in fact he's fueling the casualty machine with his votes.  That's where I draw the line.

      •  You should see... (0+ / 0-)

        The rabid frenzy going on on my blog. I just got a comment from someone that must have been listening to Rush while typing. It's frightening what Americans have allowed themselves to become susceptible to.

        See that comment here.

        Using my free speech while I still have it.

        by ebgill on Thu Oct 04, 2007 at 10:03:56 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  Speaking of that gasbag Limberger..... (0+ / 0-)

          ......did ya know there's a banner ad for Barnes & Noble on his website?  yep, it's there right now.  I listened to his radio program for a few days (gag! : - ( and took down names and 800 numbers of advertisers.  I then called them, and asked them if they were aware they had advertising on The Lowest Common Denominator's show, and in some cases they seemed to be genuinely surprised, and thanked me for the call!!!

          I'm thinking of doing a kos post of Gasbag's advertisers to alert people who is financially supporting him.  I'd like to see him cry all the way to the poorhouse.

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