The Iraq War hits the 15th year anniversary in a matter of days and the ongoing war was brought to the world by so many -- most of whom have never faced any real accountability. Take US Senator Dianne Feinstein. From the state of California, she voted to support the war. Opposing the war was no problem in California. Barbara Boxer, for instance, was also in the Senate at the time and she voted against the Iraq War.
California US House Reps who voted against it? Susan Davis, Loretta Sanchez, Hilda Solis, Bob Filner, Joe Baca, Lois Caps, Juanita Millender-McDonald, Maxine Waters, Grace Napolitano, Lucille Roybal-Allard, Diane Watson, Xavier Becerra, Gary Condit, Sam Farr, Zoe Lofgren, Mike Honda, Anna Eschoo, Pete Stark, Barbar Lee, Nancy Pelosi, George Miller, Lynn Woolsey, Robert Matsui and Mike Thompson.
Her vote is not forgotten. For example, in October 2017 this letter was published by THE LOS ANGELES TIMES:
Feinstein has remained in office all this time because she's never had a serious challenger. Now she does: Democrat Kevin de Leon who is currently the leader in the California state senate. The primary is in June and Dianne will likely be on the general ballot in November. But this is California and our state doesn't operate like every other state. The June primary? The top two vote getters -- regardless of party i.d. -- will be on the November ballot. If the primary were held today, the top two would probably be Kevin de Leon and Dianne Feinstein.
Last month, Alexei Koseff (SACRAMENTO BEE) reported:
Kevin was on CSPAN's WASHINGTON JOURNAL yesterday.
While he was talking about how we move forward, the state was reminded last night of how Dianne Feinstein is our past and not a pleasant past at all.
Dianne stood for -- and continues to stand for -- the Iraq War.
That would be the ongoing war, that would be the war that cost another 7 US lives yesterday.
Again, thanks Dianne Feinstein. You made your choices. Your choices came with consequences. Others have paid for their choices, it's time Dianne did as well.
Tomorrow, THE DAYTONA BEACH NEWS-JOURNAL will run their count of the US service members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's one of the few US outlets that regularly notes the US dead in these wars. Their count should be 4542. The seven who've died from the helicopter crash will bring the total number of US service members who've died in Iraq since the 2003 invasion to 4542.
Let's do some more figures because the US media ignores those killed in Iraq -- the Iraqi civilians and the US service members.
We are in the third month of 2018. And? Already more US service members have died in Iraq in 2018 than died in 2012 in Iraq, than died in 2013 in Iraq, than died in 2014, than died in 2015, than died in 2017. Of recent years? Only 2016 has had more deaths. That number is 17. We're only in the third month of the year and the number of US service members who have died in Iraq for the year is 9.
Along with the seven from last night's crash, two had already passed in Iraq: Sgt Christina Marie Schoenecker and Spc Javion S. Sullivan.
Melanie's "Till They All Get Home" (first appears on her album CRAZY LOVE):
Pray that the souls of the 7 U.S. servicemen who passed away in western Iraq RIP and their families and units have the strength to cope.
Senator Dianne Feinstein turns 85 this year (June 22nd). She's gotten to live a long life. How sad that her actions have ensured that so many others did not have that same opportunity. She's supported this war -- this ongoing war -- since 2002.
Time should be up for Dianne when it comes to serving in the Senate. She should be sent packing.
The following community sites -- plus Jody Watley, DISSIDENT VOICE and PACIFICA EVENING NEWS -- updated: