Democrats Cementing Status as America’s Premier War Party

It used to be Republicans that were America’s premier war party. George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, John McCain, Lindsay Graham were their standard bearers in provoking, starting, prolonging devastating US warfare worldwide.

No more.

The Biden administration provoked Russia into a calamitous border war in Ukraine that threatens nuclear war on top of Ukraine’s descent into a failed state.

The Biden administration, at first, simply continued America’s bipartisan 76 yearlong Israeli Apartheid policy degrading life for Palestinians under their control. But when Israel’s Likud government, under Benjamin Netanyahu, morphed it into genocidal ethnic cleansing of all 2,300,000 Palestinians in Gaza, the Biden administration joined in. Tens of thousands of US bombs and bullets, public support and vetoing repeated calls for ceasefire in the UN Security Council, insures the ethnic cleansing continues unabated. Six months in, over 20,000 Palestinian women and children are dead in a pitiful 139 square miles of rubble leveled largely by US bombs.

Maybe this would have occurred under a second Trump administration. Maybe not. But when Biden proposed another $95 billion on weapons support for both these grotesque wars last fall, Democrats were mostly all in; Republicans mostly all out. Biden got his Democratic majority to quickly pass it in the Senate. But GOP House Speakers McCarthy and his successor Johnson, taking their cue from GOP leader Trump, bottled it up in the House.

Biden’s Democrats no like. To obtain passage, Democrats are resorting to parliamentary trickery to squander more of America’s dwindling treasure.

Rep. Jim McGovern, top Democrat on the House Rules Committee, seeks to use a rarely used rule to force a vote on a massive military spending bill that includes $61 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel. This in spite of a sizable citizen majority opposing billions more to further destroy Ukraine and Gaza. McGovern is collecting signatures to force a vote on the supplemental defense spending bill. McGovern will need a majority of representatives, at least 218, to sign his petition to bring the bill to a vote even if Speaker Mike Johnson opposes it. (Editor’s note: as of the morning of March 21, McGovern’s motion had 185 of the 218 needed.)

Not enough Republicans might pass on signing McGovern’s ploy, while too many Democrats might sign it. If so, this dastardly weapons boondoggle will continue death and suffering in the now failed state of Ukraine, and the genocidal ethnic cleansing of Palestinians in Gaza. If Biden’s Democrats get their $95 billion, it will be against the wishes of a growing majority of their voter base.

Apparently, for the Biden administration, weapons makers talk… and Democratic voters walk.

Walt Zlotow became involved in antiwar activities upon entering University of Chicago in 1963. He is current president of the West Suburban Peace Coalition based in the Chicago western suburbs. He blogs daily on antiwar and other issues at www.heartlandprogressive.blogspot.com.