There's another searing political expose by the fearless Matt Taibbi in the 2/21 issue of Rolling Stone, about the self-serving capitulation of the Democratic Party on the Iraq War.
Warmongering Republicans who sidestepped military service when it was their turn — Dick Cheney, Tom Delay, et. al. — have been fairly called chicken hawks. But Taibbi calls the leaders of the Democratic Party “chicken doves” because they claim to be against the war, and want all the political benefits of opposing it, but refuse to take the necessary action to do so, despite getting the power to do so.
Working behind the scenes, the Democrats have systematically taken over the anti-war movement, packing the nation's leading group with party consultants more interested in attacking the GOP than ending the war. “Our focus is on the Republicans,” one Democratic apparatchik in charge of the anti-war coalition declared. “How can we juice up attacks on them?”
The story of how the Democrats finally betrayed the voters who handed them both houses of Congress a year ago is a depressing preview of what's to come if they win the White House. And if we don't pay attention to this sorry tale now, while there's still time to change our minds about whom to nominate, we might be stuck with this same bunch of spineless creeps for four more years. With no one but ourselves to blame.
The really tragic thing about the Democratic surrender on Iraq is that it's now all but guaranteed that the war will be off the table during the presidential campaign. Once again