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(en) US, Join Pittsburgh Organizing Group for a CR picket during the Geminid meteor shower at the Oakland recruiting center

Date Sat, 09 Dec 2006 11:23:17 +0200

Last month, the Republicans lost their majorities in Congress, in large part because of what pundits and the media call "poor handling of the war in Iraq". The next day, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld resigned. The politicians and the corporate media constantly tell us that changes are on the way. What is really going to change? The Democrats have promised "more". They will run the war more effectively. They want more troops. More time occupying Iraqi lives and destinies. More dead, wounded, and emotionally scarred youth coming back from Iraq. More civil strife and death in Iraq.
The media is making big waves about the new report from the Iraq Study Group (which at one point included the new Defense Secretary, Robert Gates), calling it a bombshell for the Bush administration. The report is another example of more--more of the same. It rules out a quick withdrawal and gives the same tired suggestions, never straying from the goal of US domination in Iraq. The ISG was hyped as a bipartisan panel to determine how best to fight the war. Between the Democrats and the Republicans the discussion is always the same: how can the US dominate the world politically and economically. They never stop to question whether US domination itself is a good thing. Occasionally the sky lights up when the fight over which party makes the better emperor, but things always settle down to a tense partnership.

During his confirmation hearings for Defense Secretary, Robert Gates was asked if the US was winning the war in Iraq. His answer of "No" earned him praise for his candor. Of course, he said the US isn't losing either. What many pundits seem to forget is that he was chosen by the administration for this post and he isn't going to be the one who tells Bush that the US is defeated. The government is being shaken up with momentary fireworks, but ultimately, nothing is going to change.

Nothing, unless we seize upon the state's moments of weakness to bring about that change.

Thursday, December 14, the sky will light up with the Geminid meteor shower. By the time the weekend rolls around, things will be back to normal. But we will take this opportunity to again picket the military recruiting station in Oakland from 5pm to 7pm. It is vital for the antiwar movement to keep the pressure on the government, the recruiters, and war profiteers. They need to know that we will not be silent, and we won't allow them peace as long as this war continues.

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