The Democrats will not run on withdrawal because then they would be committed to doing it. Actually doing it. Withdrawing from Iraq. Leaving it to others, whomever they may be.
Which will put them in the position of being the party to bring a 30 to 40 percent decline in American living standards home to the American people.
Because if we do not militarily dominate the remaining oil reserves of the Middle East, other nations with healthy economies will buy it all at market prices, while our dysfunctional economy will be unable to afford it.
We're way, way out on a limb, economically. We don't make anything but war materiel anymore. That's why other nations buy our infinite debt -- because we provide the stable currency of global trade, backed by the biggest military machine ever conceived or built.
If America doesn't manufacture the tools of war, and exercise the dogs of war, we become a toothless, bankrupt tiger. If we quit war as our national pastime, we wouldn't even have the half trillion dollar Pentagon budget to redirect to the Apollo Project or other relocalization initiatives. That half trillion is all borrowed from Japan and China, and they only loan it because we invest it in war industries and in policing the sea lanes and keeping the oil flowing.
America is just 'da muscle' to the civilized nations. We keep the world safe for globalization, and the wealthy, international classes globalize.
Democrats and Republicans alike know this: America's only business is war. They won't back away from it under any circumstances.
The people who agree with Mr. Brownback have the same life expectancy as most Americans. And they will be religiously insane their entire lives, so don't think you can ignore them.
And they are raising up the next generation of little John Brown's to get in other people's faces, and push a fear-based faith on them. A whole festering slice of citizens who can neither live nor let live.
That's a continuing problem for a democracy, where the root idea is that everyone gets to pursue their happiness and let others pursue theirs.
The core belief at work here is presupposition -- the fundamentalist doctrine that no human has any right to decide for themself what constitutes right and wrong, good and evil.
Fundamentalists believe that was all settled when the world was created, 6K years ago. The only choice available to human beings is to accept the Bible as inerrant, and follow it to the letter. Or reject it.
If you reject inerrancy, then you are blind, you are in the service of demonic principalities, you are someone to be shunned, dealth with, done away with. Hellbound as you are, why would anyone take you seriously, guard your civil rights, feed you or give a damn about you? You can go to hell.
The theocracy they seek is a highly exclusionary society. That's very different than the American Constitution or any secular democracy.
Better pray these people don't get a sword (majority political power) because they guaran-ball-bearin' will start chopping heads off. History shows us that much. There are no peaceful Crusaders.
God said to Abraham, "Kill me a son."
Abe said, "Man, you must be puttin' me on."
God said, "No."
Abe said, "What!?"
God said, "You can do what ya wanna but
the next time you see me comin' you better run."
Abe said, "Where you want this killin' done?"
God said, "Out on Highway 61."
Since 1980, the efforts of the Republican Right has been to hollow out our three branches of government, weakening the Constitution, weakening Congress in favor of an imperial Executive Branch, and now getting around at last to stocking the Supreme Court with Bush loyalists.
Alito has the morals and ethical finesse of a starving rat. And he's not starving.