D.U.? I've Never Heard of It...

This a story about a grieving mother, a deceased 22 yr. Old U.S. Army soldier that died shortly after being deployed to Iraq and some stuff called Depleted Uranium...

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When are foreign troops overstaying their welcome?

Almost always, to be sure! Anytime. anywhere!

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Anti-War Movement, Then & Now

I recently read David Mixner's memoir, "Stranger Among Friends" -- Mixner is best known for his activism related to gay rights but much less so for his role in the late 1960's anti-war (Vietnam) movement and with electoral politics.

I was struck by Mixner's experience, early in his activist career, when the best & the brightest of staff for Eugene McCarthy, Bobby Kennedy and many of the liberal Senators of the time moved fairly easily between the left stream of mainstream politics and the anti-war movement.  Mixnir himself went directly from the McCarthy campaign to the Mobilization to End the War.

Things are very different today.  I can't think of anyone I knew (and I knew a lot of 'em) on the various 2004 campaigns who is working in the anti-war movement.  A few are working for leftish pressure groups.  Most are working for consulting firms, political and otherwise.

The anti-war movement has attracted big crowds and, like her or not, has made Cindy Sheehan into a near household word.  There is however, a huge gulf between anything that could be termed the "Anti-War Movement" and the political mainstream, even on the left.  I think this is too bad and hurts both. The anti-war movement needs to move beyond the fringe groups like ANSWER that nurtured it in it's early days.  The left needs to be seen as standing for something and nurturing it's base.  Clearly the "base" is anti-war.  

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The Mindless American: A Tragedy In The Making

...But even more shameful is the fact that there are people who seem not to care that such things are taking place in our country; a rather ignorant crowd of jingoes more comfortable choosing to sit back pretending that everything will be just fine, a people with apparently little regard for the facts. As a behavioral scientist, I am grieved at what appears to be a near pandemic of disinterest in what is happening to our country.

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The Troops Don't Support the Constitution

Some also make the claim that when Congress delegated its power to declare war on Iraq to the president (on the eve of the 2002 congressional elections), that delegation served as an adequate substitute for an actual declaration of war on Iraq.

They are wrong.

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