As much as I hate to leave my readers in the lurch, I’m just not able to write a column today. The medication I’m taking makes that next to impossible. Ah, but don’t worry: I’ll be back on Monday.
I especially resent having to refrain from writing on account of all the action that’s taking place in the House of Representatives over the Libyan war – or, rather, the “kinetic action,” as this clueless administration calls it. With a resolution authored by Rep. Dennis Kucinich calling for an end to US intervention attracting bipartisan support, the House Republican mis-leadership panicked, delayed the vote, and sought to put down the anti-interventionist revolt taking place on both sides of the aisle. I’ll leave the reporting on the parliamentary maneuvering to others – I understand a substitute resolution was narrowly defeated – but the meaning of this is clear enough: anti-interventionist sentiment is surging to such a degree that it’s even impacted our usually brain-dead Congress! There’s hope yet, in spite of everything.
I also want to thank all of you who gave to the fundraising campaign – the scariest in our history. I’m told we’re almost done, and only a few thousand dollars away from our goal. I can’t even begin to tell you how grateful I am to each and every donor: without your contributions, we would quite simply go under.
Our educational efforts are having a real impact: it’s hard to measure, in the short term, but in the long run I’m sure our campaign to change the terms of the foreign policy debate will have – and have had – a real effect on the national discourse. And that’s thanks to you, our faithful readers and supporters, whom I cannot thank enough.
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I also want to draw your attention to Scott Horton’s fantastic interview with Seymour Hersh, whose article "Iran and the Bomb" has just been published in the New Yorker. Scott and Hersh have a great rapport, and the story of the search for "weapons of mass destruction" in Iran gives us a shiver of deja-vu: we have been down this road before. No wonder the White House is frantically trying to discredit Hersh – because he has the goods on these liars. Congratulations, Scott, for a smokin’ hot interview.