Blogs and Iraq: Thanks Dear, But I Do My Own Thinking
At Talk Left, Big Tent Democrat complains that Scott Lilly endorsed “doing nothing.” No, dear; he’s asking people who presume to be activists to stop being stupid about it.
That's very nice dear, but how about explaining why it is stupid. Because Harold Meyerson, Walter Dellinger, Scott Lilly, Matt Stoller and you say so is not an argument. Remember the arguments from experts on Iraq and the politics of Iraq? I do my own thinking thank you very much. Present YOUR argument. And then we can discuss it. I have presented mine. Would be nice if you addressed it.
Mahablog fails to quote the portion of Scott Lilly's piece that I objected to. Here is what I was arguing about, from Lilly's piece:
There is one decisive action that the Congress could theoretically take with respect to Iraq given Bush’s Constitutional authorities. [. . .] Congress could simply refuse to pass any legislation providing further funding for the war. That sounds both simple and effective. But there are serious downsides to such a strategy that devoted opponents of this war should reflect upon. . . . Well-meaning people can argue about whether or not such a strategy would be good policy or whether or not it would be good politics. But there is little room for argument as to whether such a stance is a viable legislative strategy.
"One decisive action" says Lilly. We can't do it says Lilly. What other actions does Lilly suggest? Call your Congressperson says Lilly. And say what I ask? Ask them to do what I ask? There is "one decisive action" dear. That is exactly my point dear.
As I understand Lilly, Mahablog, Stoller, Sirota and just about everyone in the Left blogs, they are urging that activists NOT agitate for the "one decisive action" that can end the war.
That, Lilly, Stoller and Mahablog tell me, is stupid activism. That sounds familiar to me. The DLC, circa 2005, 'don't oppose the war in Iraq.' Thank Gawd we didn't listen then. I sure as hell will not listen to such Beltway infected nonsense now.
But Mahablog protests it is not letting Pelosi off the hook:
I’m not going to let Pelosi and Obey off the hook entirely. I think they could be doing more to keep us informed of what they are up to. There’s so much noise in media that it is hard to separate what’s real from what’s propaganda. I checked Pelosi’s congressional web page, and there is no information on where she is at this moment on the Iraq issue. We need direct communication between Congress and people who oppose the war, and bloggers can play a part in that.
You just DID let her off the hook, dear. You told us to clap louder. That is my definition of stupid activism. I wish the Left blogs would stop being so stupid about this.
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