Biking Toward Nowhere & Vigil Tonight

Maureen Dowd has an excellent column in today’s NY Times:

As W.’s neighbors get in scraps with the antiwar forces coalescing around the ranch; as the Pentagon tries to rustle up updated armor for our soldiers, who are still sitting ducks in the third year of the war; as the Iraqi police we train keep getting blown up by terrorists, who come right back every time U.S. troops beat them up; as Shiites working on the Iraqi constitution conspire with Iran about turning Iraq into an Islamic state that represses women; and as Iraq hurtles toward a possible civil war, W. seems far more oblivious than his father was with his Persian Gulf crisis.

This president is in a truly scary place in Iraq. Americans can’t get out, or they risk turning the country into a terrorist haven that will make the old Afghanistan look like Cipriani’s. Yet his war, which has not accomplished any of its purposes, swallows ever more American lives and inflames ever more Muslim hearts as W. reads a book about the history of salt and looks forward to his biking date with Lance Armstrong on Saturday.

The son wanted to go into Iraq to best his daddy in the history books, by finishing what Bush senior started. He swept aside the warnings of Brent Scowcroft and Colin Powell and didn’t bother to ask his father’s advice. Now he is caught in the very trap his father said he feared: that America would get bogged down as “an occupying power in a bitterly hostile land,” facing a possibly “barren” outcome.

Speaking of Cindy Sheehan, come support her and the Gold Star Families for Peace in a vigil–one of a thousand around the country–at Frick Park tonight at 7:30. (So far, 439 people have signed up!)

We Rushed to War – Who Pays the Price?
Blue Slide, Frick Park, Squirrel Hill
Beechwood Blvd. and Nicholson
Pittsburgh, PA 15217
Wednesday, 17 Aug 2005, 7:30 PM

To sign up for this event, click here:

If this location is inconvenient, please consider vigils in:

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If none of these are in your neck of the woods, please consider hosting
a simultaneous vigil. Sign up at:

Thank you,

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