Posted by Curt on 25 October, 2022 at 10:02 am. 97 comments already!


Thread via Glenn Greenwald

In response to intense bipartisan anger over the letter they issued yesterday on Ukraine, House Progressives issue a new statement vowing full and complete loyalty to Biden’s war policies and full support to funding war in Ukraine without limits:

“In a letter to President Biden today, my colleagues and I advocated for the administration to continue ongoing military and economic support for Ukrainians while pursuing diplomatic support to Ukraine to ensure we are helpful partners on efforts to reach ‘a solution that is acceptable to the people of Ukraine.’ Let me be clear: we are united as Democrats in our unequivocal commitment to supporting Ukraine in their fight for their democracy and freedom in the face of the illegal and outrageous Russian invasion, and nothing in the letter advocates for a change in that support.
“Diplomacy is an important tool that can save lives — but it is just one tool. As we also made explicitly clear in our letter and will continue to make clear, we support President Biden and his administration’s commitment to nothing about Ukraine without Ukraine.”

In other words, bipartisan anger that “progressives” in the House Dem Caucus might have some very mild critiques on Ukraine led them to immediately vow full loyalty to the leader.
So the only dissent on Ukraine continues to be on Fox, parts of GOP, and small sectors of the left.

Imagine being elected to Congress based on promises of challenging “the establishment” or whatever, then being so petrified of anger from bipartisan DC establishment mavens that you can’t even wait 24 hours before meekly retracting the only mild dissent you’ve expressed.

There’s vastly more debate within the Republican Party — not just on Ukraine but on most topics — than there is within the Democratic Party. It’s not even close. The tolerance level for even the smallest dissent in Democratic Party political and media circles is close to zero.

The vast majority of Republican members of Congress and voters support Biden’s war policies in Ukraine. More than 80% of Senate and House GOP voted for it. But at least there’s some dissent, some debate — in their political and media circles.
There’s *zero* dissent among Dems.
I won’t be that surprised if, before the end of the day, @RepJayapal announces that she and the rest of the House Progressives are getting tattoos of Volodymyr Zelensky and the Raytheon logo on their bodies to repent for their momentary lapse of loyalty:

They couldn’t even hold out for *24 hours*. What a complete humiliation. Joe Crowley must be sitting in his lobbyist office cackling each time this happens:

Holy shit! The humiliation of @RepJayapal and the House Progressive Caucus just got worse, even when it appeared it couldn’t.
Her degrading reversal of their Ukraine letter after 1 day wasn’t enough. Now they’re formally “retracting” it, blaming staff.

Honestly, I’d rather resign my seat in Congress than subject myself to a spectacle this humiliating. They couldn’t even stand behind the slightest war dissent for 24 hours.
Also, this statement is a lie: the vast majority of GOP fully supports Biden’s war policies in Ukraine.

It’s really worth thinking about what happened with the Progressive Caucus. They popped their heads up with the mildest, most deferential and most tentative questioning possible on the war in Ukraine.
And for that, they were forced to abase themselves twice, and did so eagerly.
Many forgot how repressive was the climate around the War on Terror and Iraq. That was a major reason I began writing about politics in 2005.
But today’s environment – not just on Ukraine but generally – tolerates almost no dissent. They were forced to “retract” and blame staff!


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