[Marxism] After the elections

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Wed Dec 20 12:15:14 MST 2006


http://www.thenation.com/doc/20061127/editors
Nation Magazine, November 27, 2006
It's Over for Bush

The year 2006 will long be remembered as the Great Retribution--or perhaps 
the Deliverance Election. George W. Bush's presidency is toast. Bush's 
potential to further harm the Republic has been greatly reduced. Most 
Americans stopped believing anything he said a good while back. This was 
their opportunity to tell him to his face. And they did, with such force 
and breadth that maybe even he and his cronies heard them.

Much credit goes to the voters and the Democratic Party. Not many off-year 
elections move history in a fundamental way, but this one did. Americans 
have elected an opposition that can now check the Administration's 
destructive policies and investigate its actions at home and abroad, while 
at the same time putting forth policies that begin to reverse the damage of 
the past six years. African-American and Latino voters were crucial to the 
Democratic victory, with a significantly higher percentage of Latinos than 
in the last midterms voting against the Bush agenda.

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NY Times, December 20, 2006
President Wants to Increase Size of Armed Forces
By THOM SHANKER and JIM RUTENBERG

WASHINGTON, Dec. 19 — President Bush said Tuesday that the United States 
should expand the size of its armed forces, acknowledging that the military 
had been strained by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and would need to 
grow to cope with what he suggested would be a long battle against Islamic 
extremism.

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The president’s statements were applauded by leading members of Congress 
who specialize in military affairs. Loren Dealy, spokeswoman for Democrats 
on the House Armed Services Committee, said that Representative Ike Skelton 
of Missouri, who will become chairman of the panel in the new Congress, 
said after Mr. Bush spoke that “Mr. Skelton has long supported the idea of 
increasing the end strength in both the Army and the Marine Corps.”

Senator Jack Reed, a Rhode Island Democrat on the Senate Armed Services 
Committee, said Tuesday night: “I am pleased President Bush has finally 
recognized the need to increase the overall size of our military. I have 
been calling for such an expansion for several years.” But Mr. Reed, who 
served in the 82nd Airborne Division, warned that the battle over troop 
numbers was not over.

“Now that the president is asking for an increase, he needs to follow 
through and put the money in the budget to pay for these soldiers,” Mr. 
Reed said. “It is imperative that this administration step up and honestly 
budget for the long-term commitment they have made in Iraq. If the 
president doesn’t put forward a plan to pay for this in his annual budget 
request then this announcement is meaningless.”


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