‘CUT AND RUN’ IN IRAQ NOW-YOU BET. GET THE TROOP TRANSPORTS REVVED UP ON THE RUNWAY TODAY.

IMMEDIATE WITHDRAWAL OF UNITED STATES/ALLIED TROOPS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST NOW! NO TO KERRY’S DRAW DOWN PLAN.

FORGET ELEPHANTS, DONKEYS AND GREENS- BUILD A WORKERS PARTY

Just when this writer thought it was safe to slide into summer and take a little breather from the tedious observation of the buildup to the 2006-2008 election cycle worming his way out of the woodwork comes Senator John Forbes Kerry, puntative Democratic presidential hopeful. Kerry’s purpose- to unvail yet another plan to withdraw United States troops from Iraq (but not from the region) in an undaunted effort to get himself out of his previous pro-war quagmire. And he wants the Senate to debate the proposal to boot. The yahoos on the right from the President on down are already salivating over the prospect of having ‘Cut and Run’ John in their sights. While militants take no pleasure at the antics of the right Kerry’s proposal is not what serious militants mean by withdrawal. We mean Immediate Withdrawal (that means now, better yet, yesterday) and bringing the troops back to the United States (not Kuwait, etc.). And most definitely no as reserve troops for some other imperialist adventure. If we had workers party representatives in Congress we would shapely oppose and loudly vote down this proposal and counterpose our own, as stated above.

This writer can appreciate that Senator Kerry has pretty forthrightly, for a capitalist politican, repudiated his previous pro-war stance. The writer, himself, was slow to oppose the Vietnam War. We have all made political mistakes. The point is not to try to make a political virtue out of that mistake. But, what I really want to know is? When is Senator Kerry (or any other capitalist politican) going to vote in opposition to the war budget. That, at this point, is the only real form of opposition to the war on the parlimentray level. Militants must hold candidates feet to the fire on this issue.

One more point- Senator Kerry is not like Pennsylvania Congressman Murtha who came out of nowhere to oppose the Iraq war. Senator Kerry had some credentials, severely tarnished by now to be sure, as an oppositie of unjust wars from his anti-Vietnam War days. Now, after over three years and one presidential campaign and long after all serious militants have long opposed the war Kerry tries to bleed all over us with his sorry mea culpas. No thanks. Apologies not accepted. As a footnote- Hilary still does not get it. Don’t worry, General Hilary, we are coming after your political head too. John just raised his profile earlier. And you wonder why we need to build a workers party. Enough said.