The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Congressmen against the war?
Or do they just read the polls?

Apr 10, 2006

Last week, John Kerry made the news by calling for a complete withdrawal from Iraq by the end of the year.

John Kerry? The 2004 presidential candidate who presented himself as a better “commander-in-chief” than George Bush? The same Kerry who proposed to increase, not decrease, the number of troops in Iraq?

Yes, it’s the same Kerry, and other Democrats, such as Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin, have joined him. Not to mention the 80 Republicans who say that they want a debate in the House on getting the troops out of Iraq.

Are these politicians, who have already voted to spend more than 300 billion dollars for the war, going to refuse Bush more money when he comes asking again?

No, of course not! All this posturing means is that these politicians follow the polls and know how the U.S. population feels about the war in this election year.

As for pulling out of Iraq, that will happen only if the troops themselves, joined by their relatives, friends and other working people back home, make it impossible for the government to carry out the occupation.