By now, everyone has read Sen. Robert Byrd’s concerns: ‘How have we gotten to this low point in the history of Congress? Are we too feeble to resist the demands of a president who is determined to bend the collective will of Congress to his will— a president who is changing the conventional understanding of the term “self-defense”? And why are we allowing the executive to rush our decision-making right before an election? Congress, under pressure from the executive branch, should not hand away its Constitutional powers. We should not hamstring future Congresses by casting such a shortsighted vote. We owe our country a due deliberation.’ NY Times While Byrd gives lipservice to the mockery of the term self-defense that the Bush Doctrine entails, he is unfortunately far less concerned with the merits of the upcoming war than the preservation of Congressional prerogatives. Is this the fullest extent of “antiwar” sentiment that will emanate from among our elected “leaders”??
“New evidence of the peril facing the world’s apes, monkeys, lemurs and other primates, with one in every three now endangered with extinction, is revealed in a new report – The World’s Top 25 Most Endangered Primates-2002 released today by Conservation International (CI) and the Primate Specialist Group of IUCN — The World Conservation Union. Primate species and sub-species classified as critically endangered and endangered jumped nearly 63 percent from 120 to 195 since the initial report was issued in January 2000.”