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US Democrats vote to fund the war

Issue No. 2053

The Democrats last week betrayed the hopes of millions of Americans by approving a $100 billion package to fund the Iraq war. They gained control of the US Congress last November, due to a wave of anger against the war in Iraq.

But their loud promises to tie any money for the “war on terror” to a timetable for withdrawal from Iraq have melted into thin air.

Cindy Sheehan, who shot to fame as a leading figure in the US anti-war movement after her son Casey was killed in Iraq, responded last Saturday by announcing that she was leaving the Democratic Party.

“It used to be George Bush’s war,” she wrote. “Now it is yours. We gave you a chance, you betrayed us.”

Sheehan’s announcement sparked a vitriolic reaction from pro-Democrat bloggers.

On Monday a bruised Sheehan announced that she was retiring as the “face” of the anti-war movement and closing down her peace camp outside George Bush’s Texas ranch.

As Socialist Worker went to press it was unclear whether or not her call for an activists’ meeting on 4 July to discuss “a way out of this two party system that is bought and paid for by the war machine” would go ahead.

Despite the betrayal, US politicians are all too aware of the war’s unpopularity – one reason why Democratic presidential contenders Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama voted against the Iraq funding package.

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Tue 29 May 2007, 18:53 BST
Issue No. 2053
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