It happens all the time. If the antiwar movement
takes on the Democrats for their bitter shortcomings, a few liberals are bound
to criticize us for not hounding Bush instead. It doesn't even have to be an
election year to get the progressives fired up. They just don't seem to get
it. "How can you attack the Democrats when we have such a bulletproof administration
ruling the roost in Washington?" somebody recently e-mailed me. "Don't
you have something better to do than write this trash?!"
Well, not really. It's too cold in upstate New York right now to do anything
other than fume over the liberal villains in Washington. "Why do I write
about the putrid Democratic Party?" I responded, "I'll tell you, there's
a reason this Republican administration is so damn bulletproof Ė nobody from
the opposition party is taking aim and pulling the trigger."
And that's why the Dems are just as culpable in all that has transpired since
Bush took office in 2000. They aren't just a part of the problem Ė the Democrats
are the problem.
I mean, who is really all that surprised Bush and his boys wanted to conquer
the Middle East? Not me. That's just what unreasonable neocons do: they stomp
out the little guy, kill off the weak, and suffocate the voiceless. They only
care about the girth of their wallets and the number of scalps they can tack
above their mantles.
The Democrats aren't just letting the Republicans get away with murder, however:
some of them are also reaping the benefits of the Bush wars. We constantly hear
about Dick Cheney's ties to Halliburton and how his ex-company is making bundles
off U.S. contracts in Iraq. But what we don't hear about is how Democratic Sen.
Dianne Feinstein and her husband are also making tons of money off the "war
The wishy-washy senator now claims Bush misled her prior to the invasion of
Iraq. I don't think she's being honest with us, though. There may have been
other reasons she helped sell Bush's lies. According to the Center
for Public Integrity, Feinstein's husband Richard Blum has racked in millions
of dollars from Perini,
a civil infrastructure construction company, of which the billionaire investor
wields a 75 percent voting share.
In April 2003, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers gave $500 million to Perini
to provide services for Iraq's Central Command. A month earlier in March 2003,
Perini was awarded $25 million to design and construct a facility to support
the Afghan National Army near Kabul. And in March 2004, Perini was awarded a
hefty contract worth up to $500 million for "electrical power distribution and
transmission" in southern Iraq.
Feinstein, who sits on the Senate Appropriations Committee as well as the Select
Committee on Intelligence, is reaping the benefits of her husband's investments.
The Democratic royal family recently purchased a $16.5
million mansion in the flush Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco.
It's a disgusting display of war profiteering, and just like Cheney, the leading
Democrat should be called out for her offense.
And that's exactly why the Bush administration is so darn bulletproof. The
Democratic leadership in Washington is just as crooked and just as callous.