Time to speak up, not shut up

Editor -

I'd like to welcome Bill "Xoff" Christofferson as an occasional contributer to Uppity Wisconsin.

The Superior Daily Telegram has it totally backward in its editorial entitled, "Let's Not Show Divisiveness During War."

Our enemies apparently don't read the newspapers, which report an almost total collapse in public support for the war. The public opinion polls, and the results of the November election, apparently have escaped the attention of the Iraqi insurgents.

But if members of Congress speak up or act to put an end to this total failure in Iraq, the enemy might find out the nation is divided, the Telegram says.

It's actually not divided. The people of this country want the war to end. And the people we elected in November have an obligation to speak up loudly and forcefully to try to bring an end to the war, not "silently share their anti-war feelings with Bush."

We all need to keep the pressure on, whether it's banging on pots and pans in the street,, as Molly Invins suggested, or marching on the Capitol, as perhaps 200,000 of us did 10 days ago.

This is no time to be quiet. Let's make some noise.

And let's tell our Senators and Congressmen that "he who gets hurt will be he who has stalled."

The in question:

Wisconsin Sen. Russ Feingold makes a good point in opposing the measure that opposes a U.S. troop surge in Iraq. His reasoning: It’s too watered down.

That’s one way to look at it. Here’s another: Senators should end the debate and remove the resolution from their plate. Because it’s merely an advisory measure, it serves little purpose except to assure enemies that Americans won’t fight a prolonged war. Meanwhile, insurgents are perfectly willing to slowly kill U.S. troops until we grow tired and withdraw.

Through this resolution, Democrats are trying to lobby their antiwar agenda to President Bush. That’s a message that just won’t sink in. He already has ignored his own panel’s recommendations. There’s no reason to believe he will take the advice of political opponents.

At the same time, there’s no reason to broadcast our divisiveness to the enemy. Until opponents of the Iraq war have sufficient political power to force a withdrawal, they should loudly support our effort to overwhelm insurgents. Meanwhile, they can silently share their anti-war feelings with Bush.


February 5, 2007 - 11:35am