Sanctions, Investigations, Latinos
The first game of the World Series was not exactly spell-binding. The California fires, while devastating to residents, appear to be abating. So we'll turn our attention this morning to comments of our readers on three other topics: sanctions against Iran, a Democratic congressman's aggressive investigations of the Bush administration, and the efforts of Latino immigrants in Prince William County, Va., to defend themselves against new laws that can only be interpreted as intended to force them to leave.
Planned unilateral sanctions against Iran are seen by most of our RWC (Readers Who Comment) as yet another unwise move by a neocon infested Bush Administration and by many as a concession to the so-called Israel Lobby.
Jonathan Weisman asserts that Rep. Henry A. Waxman's House Oversight Committee has become the administration's worst nightmare with its Democratic majority and a penchant for investigating things. Our RWC mostly lead cheers.
Finally, the anger sometimes bordering hatred that many of our RWC have expressed throughout the illegal immigrant debate is in full flower over Pamela Constable's story showing what some Prince William County Latinos are doing in an attempt to counter strict anti-immigrant legislation there. I continue to be distressed about the absence of humanity in the way many of these comments are expressed. But it is a complex issue. I had an illuminating conversation with a Tucson, Ariz., editor last week whose description of the border problems in his state made the Washington Metro issues seem rather tame. If ever there was a subject in need of federal legislative bravery, this is it. It's not going to happen this year.
First, Iran. Robin Wright tells us that the administration will designate Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps as a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction and of the elite Quds Force as a supporter of terrorism.
nanjay was the first out of the box this morning and said, "Perhaps the president's strategy is if he can't arouse America's support for an unnecessary war against Iran he will tantalize them into attacking us. That way with Israel applauding on the sidelines he will have an excuse to attempt to bomb Iran back to the stone age."
And MorganaLeFay said, "This is insurance. If Congress ever finds the guts to impeach Bush, Bush can attack Iran, declare martial law and suspend the 2008 elections."
BrianX9, quoted the story's statement that "Administration officials say that they are imposing new sanctions to demonstrate a commitment to diplomacy..." and commented that "This may be a minor technicality, but aren't sanctions considered an 'Act of War' under such circumstances? Doesn't "diplomacy" mean something other than acts of war? like, for example, talking?"
ChristianLeft asked, "What do we do when the President becomes so profoundly delusional that the country and the world are put into the most grave danger by his actions and his actions alone? Just yesterday, he was rattling his little tin sabre at Cuba, before that Turkey, today, Iran, all the while with two endless wars raging, California in flames and New Orleans in ruins..."
hgcsato said, "...Iran is not a problem, not even a significant part of the equation. America's stupid calculations are the cause of it all."
And iacitizen said, "We can't stave off this war with Iran unless Republicans and Democrats in Congress and across the nation come together... I don't recall such hate for one another as we have now. We can stop it if we just refuse to take the bait, focus instead on this belligerent administration, rise up with one voice, and tell it: "No!""
Imarkex filed one of the few comments defending the administration, writing, "One day you idiots will see the world in a different light.It might be a nuclear light if we do not stop Iran from becoming nuclear power.If they get it they will use it."
Now to the Waxman story.
mgibbosh asked, "Where has the oversight committee been during the last few years, didn't we have one when the republicans were in the majority. With all these investigations going on, looks like the republicans took the attitude of see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil."
But vatownsend said, "...The Oversight committee is a needed tool of Congress but come on people, how many time does the Oversight committee have to "investigate the run-up to the Iraq war"? Sure you could always say that new information has been brought forward blah blah blah, but the "investigation of the "run-up to the Iraq War" has been non stop since democrats gain control. And now we are linking Blackwater to the Bush Administration... Henry Waxman is a POLITICAL HACK plain and simple and that is all he will be..."
I am waiting for others... to realize the only way to get a government that can balance itself is to have a government with opposing forces. Powerful republican president combined with powerful democratic congress will balance itself and keep each other in check..."
enkidu1 said, "Democract, Republican, doesn't matter. I'm just glad we finally have somebody taking the "oversight" part of oversight committee seriously. The last 6 years were spent focusing on golf trips and being reelected. Waxman doesn't seem to have those concerns. At least until he starts investigating who killed Vince Foster." [If you don't know what that means, it doesn't matter.]
seawolfR says this is the "Prime example why Congress has lowest approval in United States history..."
Finally to the Latino story, in which The Post reports that "Radio stations and hotlines are fielding calls from immigrants asking whether it is safe to drive cars or visit public parks. Lawyers are advising parents to make emergency plans for their children and assets in case they are detained on suspicion of being in the country illegally. Volunteers are organizing meetings, and one woman, a U.S. citizen from El Salvador, has decided to launch a write-in candidacy for the Board of County Supervisors."
The comments of VirginiaConservative, a regular on this topic, were typical of many: "What a noble cause: Criminals standing up for their right to commit crimes... Our society is being trashed and lowered to the lowest common denominator of that of a criminal, and this paper sings their praises as if they are victims. How disgusting."
tdb001, suggesting that other Metro area jurisdictions have been a bit less restrictive in their views on how to deal with illegal immigrants, wrote, "This is what the advice packets should include: "Only a fool waits until the last minute. Don't be a fool. Plan to pack up and move to Arlington or Montgomery County before things get even worse."
rorschach said, "Go home. You have no right to be here. You are trespassing in our country and you are shamelessly using up our resources. You have more than worn out your welcome with your sense of entitlement and arrogance."
And reston2 said, "...The subjects of these pieces in the post seem to believe it is ok to break the law and that the US owes something to people who come into the country illegally. This is getting old."
We'll close with RealChoices, who wrote, "I applaud these people for their courage. It isn't easy to stand up to demagoguery of a hysterical mob that seeks to blame of it is woes, real or imagined, on a minority group. Years from now, folks such as these will be as the historical equivalents to the civil rights leaders of the 20th century."
All comments on the Iran sanctions story are here.
All comments on the Waxman article are here.
All comments on the Latino article are here.
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