Well, as I'm sure you've noticed it was all great news this week with the failure of the neoconservative death cult to gin up the necessary votes to even get the “resolution of disapproval” on to the floor of the Senate for the final vote that would have sent it to the President.
That it was headed off before even getting out of the Congress, and so quickly and so decisively was really a tremendously pleasant surprise and a real cause for optimism for the future that we should all take some spiritual nourishment from. A nourishment much needed to keep the fires burning as the friends of peace work toward improving the prospects of real civilization on planet Earth. Yet this is only a beginning.
After having parsed out where things stood in the whole legislative process on this issue, I left off in my last post promising to come back with details about the Congressmen and women upon whose vote so much depended and for the benefit of those who might like to pick up the phone and give some of these guys and gals a ring. I had been assuming things would drag out until the 17th. Happily I was much mistaken and the neocons were stopped dead in their tracks by last Tuesday, making the update promised rather moot. Jason Ditz of AntiWar.Com does a nifty job of summing up who among the Dems ended being for and against the Pubs resolution which I link to here. So why not accentuate the positive and give the Senators who came through for civilization a phone call to say “Thank You and God Bless!.” Ditz also links to a Haaretz page that gives a full tally of the yea, nay and “unaccounted” votes you can find here.
Having just taken a time out to scratch a little deeper I'm finding that the neocon militarists for middle eastern nihilism refuse to quit, and are redoubling there efforts to turn Dems in their direction in a last ditch attempt to recapture the issue. They can be expected to continue to do so straight through to the 17th. The attempt continues to look futile but, hey, who knows what opposition research might turn up at the last minute that might be used to turn this that or the other Dem. (You do watch Spaceys' House of Cards, yea?) So maybe those phone calls of gratitude and encouragement might be quite important to sustain the friends of peace to hold steadfast. Nonetheless even if by some devilish miracle they get the motion out of the Congress, the possibility of overcoming a Presidential veto remains extremely remote. The numbers are against it.
But remember! As the Shaman of Bethelehem said a long time ago, " Be ye wise as serpents, but harmless as doves." The death cultists will not rest even after the 17th. So lets keep ourselves educated about how best to shelter and husband this modest beginning along. If you're not familiar with the notion of a "false flag operation" I'm sure you'll find a Wikipedia article on the topic. This, and kindered topics next week. 'Till then "hasta la vista baby!"