No surprises here – Claire made the perfunctory support for a timeline for withdrawal of forces as a condition of continued funding of George Bush’s Iraq debacle. Unfortunately she lacks the wherewithal to stand tough (as we saw in August when her vacation took precedence over the Fourth Amendment). When timelines failed, she folded like a cheap suit and voted for the funding anyway. Apparently she checked her WWKBD (What Would Kit Bond Do?)bracelet before casting her vote.
This unholy clusterf**k of a war in Iraq is the most pressing issue facing our nation today. It is the issue that put Democrats in the majority in both houses. What do these freshmen Democrats not understand about this? Why are so many of them acting like Republicans?
2012 is coming. Who is going to be the REAL DEMOCRAT, who knows what the hell real principles are and will vote accordingly, who will challenge her in the primary? I have had more than enough of the cowardice and fecklessness that this thin majority represents in spades.
We don’t just need more Democrats. We need better Democrats.
During her campaign, she seized on my the idea of a modern day Truman Committee to investigate waste, fraud and corruption in the reconstruction of Iraq. During a speech in Harry S Truman’s hometown of Independence last year, she spoke admiringly of the former President and his diligence in reining in war profiteers. “He was fearless. He uncovered enormous undeserved profits. I believe we need a new Truman Committee. I will fight for such a committee.”
Less than a year after she was elected, and a mere nine months after taking her seat, she is very close to bringing the notion to fruition. The Senate recently agreed to a plan from Senators McCaskill and Webb to get a handle on the Pentagon’s scattershot method of awarding private contracts for work in Iraq. It was added to the Defense Authorization Bill for 2008.
The legislation sponsored by McCaskill and Webb, if it survives and is signed into law, will give oversight authority over private defense contracts to an independent, bipartisan commission. To the incoming Democratic freshmen, plus Bernie Sanders, the McCaskill-Webb amendment is symbolic of their pledge to restore integrity and accountability – the platform on which they stood for election.
The two freshmen senators wanted their bill on the FY 2008 DAB, and were told to take a number. Some 500 amendments were in the air, most by far more senior members of the chamber than the two of them, Webb’s tenure as Secretary of the Navy notwithstanding.. He has an insiders knowledge of just exactly how things don’t work.
Then Blackwater went on a killing spree in Nisoor square on September 16th and suddenly there were more than a couple of senators and a handful of bloggers paying attention to the issue of contractor corruption and criminal conduct, and the Webb-McCaskill amendment gained some traction. “We see stories of the corruption of these defense contractors and people are outraged by it.” said freshman Sen. Sherrod Brown, Democrat of Ohio.
Now – I am all for giving the Senator the benefit of the doubt for her good intentions. But this in no way gets her a pass on the votes she has cast that disappointed us bitterly. She could advance ’round the bend toward redemption quite convincingly if she just stood up and stopped voting to fund the occupation of Iraq.