Via the smarties at SMBIVA, I see the velveteen revolutionary Matt Stoller weighing in on what's become known as "ending the war." To his credit, he says straight out that the Donkle isn't intersted. And even if they were, why, some new Joe McCarthy would arise from the fabled Heartland, doom the Donkle forever with a new slew of red-baiting, and, as "Wes Clark knows" (an odd non sequitur), "our wages," should we repudiate the defense appropriations economy, would "sink to the level of China's." There you have it, mesdames et messieurs, plainly, if innumerately, said: We gotta keep killing Iraqis so that Ma and Pa American in Kalamazoo can cobble together forty-five grand a year, a late-model Ford Taurus, and a yearly vacation to Myrtle Beach with the kids.
The sentences arrive and depart without any particular connection the one to the next. There is an ecstatic throwaway dig at Chomsky, who "has engaged in a brilliant campaign to marginalize himself for thirty years." Capitalist that I am, I wonder how many books Stoller's sold, and what sort of life the royalties have bought him. How many packed houses has he played to? How many heads of state have waved around books by Matt Stoller? To a Donkle, the margins are everyone else. It must get lonely.
The black heart of the matter, though, is that, in Stoller's estimation, 70% of Americans, plus Hillary Clinton, who may or may not count, believe that it is the fault of the "Iraqi government," whatever that is, that things aren't going so well Over There, besides which, the dumb sonsofbitches like the empire; they just don't like it when the home team gets upset in a road game. So keep the conquest going while we, well:
The Democratic Party is becoming an antiwar party that has been pulled out of the bipartisan imperialist consensus. But it is not there yet. And we will have to work hard, first at understanding just how profoundly our system is broken, and then towards fixing it, to move there completely.Perhaps it's the placement of commas, or perhaps it's just, as Owen Paine at SMBIVA noted, that it all occurs in some indeterminate verb tense and mood so complex it must've been distilled from the pineal gland of the bastard child of High German and late Classical Latin.
Anyway, the point is that the Democrats aren't going to end the war, and neither are the Republicans, and they're not going to nip the next war either, because they really, really believe that but for the bombs, we'd all be begging the UN peacekeepers on the streets of our cities for an extra ration of dusty rice. Better a dead Iraqi than a laid-off union slug.