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Kennedy On Opposing Escalation: "Now is the time, this is the moment"
Thursday, 18 January 2007 23:32
by Bob Geiger

In a conference call with bloggers and activists Wednesday, Senator Ted Kennedy (D-MA) spelled out his Senate bill to legislatively stop the Bush-McCain Doctrine of escalating the Iraq war, saying "we have to try to get this resolution done expeditiously" and urging his Senate colleagues to step up to the plate and speak out for the majority of Americans.

"Now is the time, this is the moment for Congressional action to begin to bring this war to an end," said Kennedy, on a call sponsored by a coalition of Progressive activist groups.

Kennedy has introduced legislation that would essentially nullify the original Iraq war resolution -- which he voted against in 2002 -- and declare it obsolete based on a review of the three main components of that measure.

"It said that there were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq -- there were not," said Kennedy, adding also that the second provision, Saddam Hussein's violation of U.N. resolutions, is obviously "no longer applicable."

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"There was [allegedly] an operational relationship between al Qaeda and Saddam Hussein -- that was dismissed in the 9/11 [Commission] report," said Kennedy.

"What my amendment does is it says you have to come back to the Congress to get authorization for increasing the manpower and increasing the resources that are going to be necessary to support that manpower -- and it will give the Congress of the United States an opportunity to vote yes or no on that resolution."

Christopher Dodd (D-CT), who has introduced similar legislation -- that does not rely on cutting off funding for the "troop surge" -- agrees entirely with Kennedy that the original war resolution is null and void, saying Wednesday that it "is no longer relevant in my view."

And, according to Kennedy, his legislation must be acted upon quickly because in the three months it will take to get a request for a "supplemental" appropriation for the war effort and have the Appropriations Committee process it, the troops will already be over there.

"The issue then is entirely different. The issue then is are we going to deny support for troops who have already been sent over there and are battling over there daily?" said Kennedy, in explaining his call for a prompt vote. "We have to try to get this resolution done expeditiously. And we're talking within a week or the next 10 days -- prior to the time that they start to send troops over."

Meanwhile, the White House says that Kennedy's bill is moot because they already have the money to pay for a troop escalation and thus do not need additional funds from Congress to move the plan forward.

Whether or not that's true, Kennedy's measure combines with Dodd's initiative and a non-binding, anti-surge resolution that also has the strong support of Chuck Hagel (R-NE), to send a message to Bush that a Democratic Congress officially ends the near monarchy he has enjoyed for the last few years.

Kennedy vows to keep pushing every day, saying that he won't give up and calling his vote against the war in 2002 "one of the best votes that I ever cast in the Senate."

And his Democratic colleague, Chris Dodd, could not agree more that this is a real gut-check for all Senators.

"This is not a time for Senators to simply declare our individual opposition to this plan. It is time that we accept our obligations and offer meaningful action to stop this proposal," said Dodd. "The president has laid down the gauntlet by just saying 'I'm going to go forward and I don't care what you say.' And it seems to me we have an obligation up here to respond to that. People look to us for leadership on these issues."

"There's a time for us to speak up and be heard and that hour is now."
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When the President of the United States of America fails to act as executor of the will of We the People; in order to establish the global agendas of an elite minority, he ceases to be the lawful representative of the nation. He becomes a de facto dictator; and as such under current law, an enemy combatant in the cause of overthrowing a lawfully elected U.S. Government. Under current legislation such a president and abetting cabinet can therefore be removed from the country, with out formal charges being filed and subjected to the same treatment as any other alleged terrorist in the world. Perhaps it is time for those in power to experience the effect of their machinations first hand.

Perhaps now is “When in the Course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation”.

The majority of U.S. and world citizens’ opinion is resoundingly opposed to the objectives exemplified by the elite currently in power, here and abroad. The only estate remaining to challenge those who have wrested control of the “government” and perverted it to the ends of a few despots are the People themselves. Already pacified and desensitized to injustice, it is incumbent on that beleaguered body to familiarize themselves with the painful process of revolution. Pain is integral to healing as it triggers the Laws of Nature in the body that protect it from disease and injury.

The vast majority of citizens fail to comprehend the conscience killing decisions being made by those forced to follow the immoral and illegal directives ordered by the current administration. Perhaps a small cabal among them will be able to act as antibodies seeing beyond the shroud of absolute loyalty to the “president” and permeating through to the diseased tissue beneath realize that the Office is dying on the operating table and the persona in it is the pathogen to any true freedom liberty or justice. A dictator in the office of the President of the United States is an enemy of the state and the world. He and his handlers should be held to the standards they have created. They should be avulsed from the body and treated like any other medical waste; hazardous material.

Former Republican Delegate
W.L. Hatcher, Texas.

To any of you "spooks" working closely with the administration still burdened with the faculty of a conscience, the allusion to avulsion is meant to imply a surgical solution.
January 20, 2007
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