Wednesday, May 30, 2007


David Shapiro, Cindy Sheehan on Democrats' failure to oppose Iraq war

David Shapiro's column in today's Honolulu Advertiser, Akaka's vote defied his campaign platform and his blog posted earlier this morning, Did Akaka break his campaign promise on Iraq? both speak, I think, to one of Cindy Sheehan's reasons for going back to her home in California and backing off for now on her peace campaign.

Here we have one of the most liberal senators in Congress, Sen. Akaka, voting for war funding. While Shapiro contrasts Ed Case's position with Akaka's, I'm content to forget about Case entirely, given his record. Akaka should have done the right thing. Generally, his voting record is excellent. Inouye also should have recognized that he's back in the saddle due to a mandate given him by voters to oppose the war.

Tune in tonight (Wednesday) to Democracy Now (10 pm Channel 56 on Oahu) for an almost hour-long interview with Cindy Sheehan. It will also remain available on the web at There's a transcript on the web page if you'd rather read than listen to the interview.


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