Faith & Social Justice: In the spirit of Richard Overton and the 17th C. Levellers

John Edwards’ Response to Bush Speech

  Last night’s speech by President Bush revealed that he plans to continue a military presence in Iraq indefinitely. And he continued to beat the drums against Iran.  But John Edwards bought time on MSNBC and told the truth boldly.  His challenge was not only to Bush, but also the Democratic leadership in Congress–and I hope Speaker Pelosi and Sen. Majority Leader Reid were paying attention.  The challenge is also to ordinary U.S. citizens.  Our elected officials work for us and we need to make them hear our voices and end this occupation–or else. 

Edwards has set a new standard for the top-tier candidates for the Democratic presidential nomination, too.  Only longshots like Dennis Kucinich and Bill Richardson have been this bold–and never with such a national audience.  Will Senator Clinton or Senator Obama step up to this challenge?  Will we?

September 14, 2007 - Posted by | Iraq


  1. Michael,

    Thanks for the video. It is a strong call to end the war. Obama has as well–in his plan for Iraq.

    But it is a good statement!

    Unfortunately until there’s 60 votes in the Senate nothing is going to get done. It will take 9, actually 10 Republicans (Joe Lieberman is a big war supporter) to move this discussion forward. The end result is this — unless the GOP turns on the President the next President will have to deal with this mess.

    Comment by Bob Cornwall | September 14, 2007

  2. No, Bob, this is Edwards’ challenge. Congress has the power without the 60 votes in the senate. They can simply refuse to raise any more funds for the war. That doesn’t take a veto-proof majority and that is what Edwards is challenging them to do: use the power of the purse to force the president to cooperate.

    Comment by Michael Westmoreland-White | September 14, 2007

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