Sunday, March 21, 2010

Happy birthday Iraq war

Thousands of protesters carried signs that read "Indict Bush Now" and flag-draped cardboard coffins on Saturday urging the immediate withdrawal of all troops sent into combat overseas.

Protesters rallied at Lafayette Park across from the White House and then began marching through downtown seven years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq. Seven protesters, including activist Cindy Sheehan, were arrested after the rally. Stops on the march route include military contractor Halliburton, the Mortgage Bankers Association and The Washington Post offices.

The protest — which calls for the immediate withdrawal of troops sent to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan— drew a smaller crowd than the tens of thousands who marched in 2006 and 2007. But organizers said many more people have become disenchanted with President Barack Obama, who has pledged to withdraw troops from Iraq, because he ordered more troops into Afghanistan.

If McCain were president, and we still had troops in Iraq, and we were escalating in Afghanistan, and we were running not so covert operations in Kuwait and Pakistan and Iran, there would be massive street protests hyped by the media. But, because this is all the work of a successful "anti war" presidential candidacy . . .

P.S. - To those with "Indict Bush" signs: He's no longer the one prosecuting these wars. His party lost Congress in 2006, and the White House in 2008. The people who promised to cut off war funding run Congress . . . since January, 2007.

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