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

Iraq Troop Surge:
20,000 + 20,000 + 20,000 ... = Vietnam

Jan 8, 2007

The Democrats responded to George Bush’s plan for a “surge” in the number of U.S. troops in Iraq by sending him a letter criticizing the plan.

When Bush talks about a “troop surge,” he is obviously talking about stepping up the war. He is calling for 20,000 more troops for now, “possibly” 10,000 more a few months later and–almost certainly–10,000 more after that. He openly says this “surge” will take another year and a half.

The recent elections showed as clearly as elections can express it, that the population wants an end to the war. The Democrats would not have a majority in both houses of Congress today if it were not for the crushing opposition to this war.

There are more than 3,000 American soldiers dead and hundreds of thousands more wounded. More than 650,000 Iraqis have died as a result of the war. The war has left Iraq in a shambles, forcing 10% of the population to become refugees, some inside Iraq, most outside.

In the face of this awful situation, confronting a U.S. population that wants an end to the war, Bush says, “No. We’re stepping it up.” And all the Democrats can do is send him a polite letter of protest. A letter!

The Democrats are not only liars. They are Bush’s willing accomplices in this enormous catastrophe.