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FDL's Pachacutec: "Levin and his Pale Posse"

Party at Levin's? Why weren't we invited?

Thanks to Pachacutec of Firedoglake for this timely commentary on the Levin-Biden Escalation Plan - THANKS PACH!

The Biden-Levin Plan to Escalate the War
by Matt Stoller, Wed Feb 28, 2007 at 07:08:50 AM EST

McJoan points us to this discouraging piece of news.

Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., the Senate Armed Services Committee chairman, and Sen. Joseph Biden, D-Del., the Senate Foreign Relations Committee chairman, may offer their plan -- in the form of a nonbinding resolution -- as an amendment to the Surface Transportation and Rail Security Act, S 184. It is unclear how they will be able to overcome the main hurdle -- the need for 60 votes to cut off debate in the 100-member Senate -- that has blocked a final vote on other Iraq-related legislation.

Real antiwar Democrats, like Ted Kennedy and Russ Feingold, people who are working to end the war, are damaged by this type of irresponsible behavior. It's very clear that the Carl Levin's and Joe Biden's of the world don't get it. Any power they delegate to Bush will be used badly. If they don't use their power to restrict Bush's mandate, they are failing the public and enabling the escalation of the war.
The video snippet is Levin being frustrated that the military doesn't have a plan to go into Syria. Levin's office is Phone (202) 224-6221. If you have some time and are from Michigan, can you ask him why he doesn't support the Murtha plan to fully equip the troops before deploying them?

Biden, of course, is a racist who thinks Delaware’s history as a slave state somehow makes him more viable and credible as a presidential candidate, so clearly, his hair plugs have been wound too tight for a looooong time.

Levin is another matter. He hasn’t always been this obviously stupid, but now he’s really making the mistake of his career, and I wouldn’t be surprised if a bunch of people in Detroit are getting ready to point this out to him.

I’d like to see a bunch of African American women who run bake sales at the churches gather with a bunch of white Michigan peace activists at Levin’s local office to tell him, in unison, to STFU and get our kids home, fast. Local coordination across racial lines among progressives is a lot more possible, generally speaking, than any such coordination on a national level.

Levin needs to get a fucking clue, and fast. The longer we wait to get out, the more likely we are to have to fight our way out under heavy losses.

- posted by Pachacutec of Firedoglake

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