Open thread: Do-Nothing Republican Edition

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First is was Burr saying he doesn't think "it's a member of Congress' role to tell the Navy where or where not to place something." And yesterday Dole announces wants to hold more hearings, but says she will not intervene.

Now you know why the past six years have been so disastrous for our nation. Do-nothing, chickenhawk Republicans.



There's an awesome story in the Nation this week about North Carolina's own, private little mercenary army, led by end-times nutcase Erik Prince:

Blackwater was founded in 1996 by conservative Christian multimillionaire and ex-Navy SEAL Erik Prince -- the scion of a wealthy Michigan family whose generous political donations helped fuel the rise of the religious right and the Republican revolution of 1994. At its founding, the company largely consisted of Prince's private fortune and a vast 5,000-acre plot of land located near the Great Dismal Swamp in Moyock, North Carolina. Its vision was "to fulfill the anticipated demand for government outsourcing of firearms and related security training."

This is some scary stuff.

Despite its central role, Blackwater had largely operated in the shadows until March 31, 2004, when four of its private soldiers in Iraq were ambushed and killed in Falluja. A mob then burned the bodies and dragged them through the streets, stringing up two from a bridge over the Euphrates. In many ways it was the moment the Iraq War turned. US forces laid siege to Falluja days later, killing hundreds of people and displacing thousands, inflaming the fierce Iraqi resistance that haunts occupation forces to this day. For most Americans, it was the first they had heard of private soldiers. "People began to figure out this is quite a phenomenon," says Representative David Price, a North Carolina Democrat, who said he began monitoring the use of private contractors after Falluja. "I'm probably like most Congress members in kind of coming to this awareness and developing an interest in it" after the incident.

Six years of do-nothing Republicans allowing Blackwater to run free on the murky edges of Bush's War in Iraq. It's about damn time Congress started "developing an interest in it." It's about damn time Congress put these Christian soldiers out of business.

allow vs encourage

i wonder which it was

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Prince is nothing but a well-connected war-profiteer, doing god's work by killing brown people and making money hand over fist. I wouldn't be surprised to find he and the Child King spend lots of time on their knees together.

I know its just teevee

but do any of y'all watch Jericho? I don't want to try pulling a parallel out of a television drama, but the storyline does give me a little of the heebeejeebies as I hear more and more about Blackwater, et al. No doubt the writers have a bit of an agenda themselves, but still ...

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I know, I know, here I go again but....

The NPR did a story on Blackwater yesterday too. Said they epitomize the shrubs war for profit. Did you know Blackwater was also sent to New Orleans? They will fight any war against black men and brown a profit!

No matter that patriotism is too often the refuge of scoundrels. Dissent, rebellion, and all-around hell-raising remain the true duty of patriots.

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What A Difference

Back in November 2004, Republicans tapped Liddy Dole to lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee, seeking to turn her name recognition into dollars to suppport GOP candidates.

Well, we all know how that turned out: Dole raised less money than her Democratic counterpart (it's the first time ever the DSCC has outraised the NRSC) and Democrats won back control of the Senate.

Now, the group that she once helmed, has put her on the vulnerable list. From Political Insider:

NRSC Adds Dole to List of Vulnerable Candidates

Republican leaders in the Senate have included Sen. Elizabeth Dole (R) "in a select group of vulnerable Republican incumbents for whom they are soliciting early and extra financial support," reports Roll Call.

"The leadership has asked GOP Senators to give the maximum primary contribution -- $5,000 apiece -- from their leadership political action committees to Dole and four other in-cycle Senators by the end of the month."

Dole had just $245,000 on hand at the end of 2006.

What a difference a little time makes.

The sharpest criticism often goes hand in hand with the deepest idealism and love of country. - Robert F. Kennedy

There are people in every time and every land who want to stop history in its tracks. They fear the future, mistrust the present, and invoke the security of the comfortable past which, in fact, never existed. - Robert F. Kennedy

Dole's problem isn't lack of money

it's lack of competence. She can't spend enough money to retain this seat.

Thanks for this great find!

Great find

and I hope Blue South takes a bit of credit (Actually, knowing him, he'll take all the credit.) for this turn of events in Liddy Dole's prospects. OK, I know, I know....just how much impact can one little blog have?

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.

Vote Democratic! The ass you save may be your own.

Ill take credit

When she is under 1/2 million at the end of this month and we get 2 candidates to run against her.

edit- Remember this letter from January? Well, to meet her own campaigns goal she will need to have at least 3 million in the bank in mid April. Anything less than that and she is behind pace.

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"Keep the Faith"

On Democracy Now

today, there was a stunning interview with the author and investigative reporter Jeremy Scahill on his new book Blackwater. Here isa link to the website
to watch. It's in the second half hour of today's broadcast. I highly recommend it.

He talks about legislation introduced by David Price to hold these mercenaries accountable and how it will fall short of that goal.