The Democrats in Congress have ROBBED American citizens of an OPPOSITION PARTY.
As one political scientist noted, "every incumbent and political candidate goes to bed knowing what his top 10 donors want, and wakes up thinking about how to give it to them."
The "Democratic" Party in Washington has made an art and science of this trend - they have bought into the Republican/Straussian (neo-con) notion that "the people" are too stupid to defend themselves from foreign, external threats, and must be led towards the promised land of some mythical "national security."
Thus "liberal" Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein openly and proudly represents the gargantuan California aerospace-defense industry (aka "the military industrial complex"), and her even more "liberal" fellow California senator - Barbara Boxer - is not exactly a towering voice calling for a reduced impact of the military/defense industry on national politics. More taxpayer billions for new nuclear warheads (Lawrence Livermore laboratories outside of San Francisco), new bombers and fighter aircraft (Boeing and Lockheed-Martin); new electronic surveillance systems (GE and General Dynamics) - there simply is NO OPPOSITION function to ever-increasing military/defense budgets within the Democratic Party, and thus there is no real opposition to the Alpha and Omega of the Bush-Cheney administration, the desire to turn America into a permanent war state on the verge of permanent wartime emergency powers. (Dictatorship.)
This trend of Democrat passivity in the face of Bush-Cheney ever-expanding wars in now so pronounced and awful, that the Democrats can't even try to throw Mr. Bush's infamous "MAJOR COMBAT OPERATIONS HAVE ENDED" back in his face - much less the even more egregious example of Bush White House arrogance, Mr. Bush's call for insurgents to "Bring it on."
Indeed, one Arkansas Republican leader - the Chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party no less - openly called for NEW TERRORIST ATTACKS ON THE UNITED STATES to justify the Bush-Cheney agenda - and the only sound Americans heard in response to that grotesque statement was - crickets. (No sound, NO RESPONSE by Democratic leadders to this awful formulation, a Republican leader CALLING FOR TERRORIST ATTACKS on the United States of America to justify the Bush-Cheney administration's misrule.)
Diane Feinstein, Harry Reid, Joe Biden, Steny Hoyer - the OPPOSITION PARTY function of the Democratic Party has disappeared under the inside-the-beltway complicity of these establishment 'Democrats.'
#1. President Bush Announces Major Combat Operations in Iraq Have Ended - May 2005
Oh what a difference four years makes...
#2. U.S. begins 'major offensive' in Iraq
UPI, June 16, 2007
BAGHDAD, June 16 (UPI) -- U.S. forces have begun a major offensive against al-Qaida in Iraq, the U.S. commander in Iraq said Saturday.
Gen. David Petraeus, speaking at a news conference in Baghdad with U.S. Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, said the offensive is designed to take the fight to al-Qaida and cut into the organization's ability to carry out its car-bombing campaign, The New York Times reported.
#3. Bush Says We’ll Be in Iraq for 50 Years, But Reporters Don't Bother to Ask
Iraqis to Comment
By Joshua Holland and Raed Jarrar, AlterNet
Posted on June 8, 2007, Printed on June 11, 2007
On May 25, George Bush signed a defense bill that outlawed the construction
of (new) permanent bases in Iraq. But only five days later, White House
press flack Tony Snow told reporters that the president is now modeling the
future of his bloody signature project on the half-century U.S. experience
in South Korea, with troops in Iraq for the long haul to provide, in Snow's
words, "a security presence" and to serve as a "force of stability."
#3. U.S. doubles air attacks in Iraq
BAGHDAD - Four years into the war that opened with "shock and awe," U.S.
warplanes have again stepped up attacks in Iraq, dropping bombs at more than
twice the rate of a year ago.
The airpower escalation parallels a nearly four-month-old security crackdown
that is bringing 30,000 additional U.S. troops into Baghdad and its
surroundings — an urban campaign aimed at restoring order to an area riven
with sectarian violence.
It also reflects increased availability of planes from U.S. aircraft
carriers in the Persian Gulf. And it appears to be accompanied by a rise in
Iraqi civilian casualties.