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I don't want to be a liberal fifth column that undermines the best hope we have for progressive governance for the foreseeable future.

This is a recipe for the kind of "progressive" governance that ratifies Bush era legal doctrines (cf. Glenn Greenwald) and pushes abortion restrictions forward (Stupak). Compare to what the other side got for their goals with substantially narrower majorities, and it's clear that the Democratic party is pursuing a strategy that sacrifices actual policy in the interest of politicians' careers, while the Republican party has taken the opposite track.

As for the specific issue, the Afghanistan policy is a clear example of sentence first, verdict afterward: the military industrial complex has aligned all institutional biases in the direction of more and longer wars.

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