Friday, October 05, 2007


The war: Not our's to vote on?

Here’s a quickie I found on WSWS. The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff told us we couldn’t end the Iraq War by voting. Apparently, we no longer have the power to do that.

And, I believe, it’s only a matter of time before not agreeing with this point of view is “realized” to being detrimental to the war effort and, thus, disloyal....

World Socialist Web Site

Retiring military chief declares: American people can’t vote to end Iraq war
By Patrick Martin
4 October 2007
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In a statement remarkable for its blunt rejection of democracy, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, General Peter Pace, said Monday that opponents of the war in Iraq could not bring it to an end by voting.

Pace made his comments before an audience that included President George W. Bush, Defense Secretary Robert Gates and hundreds of high-ranking Pentagon civilian and military officials, as he swore in his successor as the president’s top military adviser, Admiral Michael Mullen. None of those present made any objection to Pace’s statement.

Outside Ft. Myer, where the ceremony took place, a handful of antiwar demonstrators used a bullhorn to shout their opposition. Reporters inside could hear, “Stop the Killing, George!”, “Arrest the Liar for War Crimes!” and other denunciations of the administration and the Pentagon.

Noting the presence of the demonstrators, Pace said the protest against the war was an exercise of the right of free speech, but that there were limits:

“I just want everyone to understand that this dialogue is not about ‘can we vote our way out of a war.’ We have an enemy who has declared war on us. We are in a war. They want to stop us from living the way we want to live our lives. So the dialogue is not about ‘are we in a war,’ but how and where and when to best fight that war.”

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