[R-G] Council for a Livable World: Congress Considering Iraq Withdrawal
james m nordlund
realiteee1 at yahoo.com
Wed Oct 19 04:01:46 MDT 2005
BRING OUR TROOPS HOME!
The Administrations shameful response to Hurricane Katrina combined with
continuing global terrorism has led both Republicans and Democrats to lose
faith in Bushs handling of the Iraq war. Amid escalating casualties and
budgets, America remains susceptible to natural disasters and terrorist
attacks, the insurgency in Iraq continues to grow, and the Administration
has no clear plan for how to bring American troops home.
Representatives Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) and Walter Jones (R-NC) have
responded to the Administrations incompetence by introducing a resolution
called Homeward Bound, requiring the President to develop and implement
a plan for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq beginning no later
than October 1, 2006. This bipartisan resolution demonstrates the growing
realization on both sides of the aisle that without a plan for withdrawal,
America is stuck in a deadly quagmire.
ASK YOUR REPRESENTATIVE TO CO-SPONSOR THE ABERCROMBIE-JONES RESOLUTION!
In the Senate, Senator Russell Feingold (D-WI) has issued a call to bring
all American troops home from Iraq by the end of 2006. He is working to
build support for that position in the Senate, although he has not yet
introduced any legislation to accomplish that task.
The U.S. Congress authorized the use of military force against Iraq in
2002 on the premise of a clear threat from weapons of mass destruction.
Today, no weapons have been found. Despite President Bushs War on
Terrorism, the world has become a more dangerous place for America and its
allies. In a Washington Post article on August 31, 2005 Richard Clarke -
former head of counter-terrorism in the White House noted that, there
were twice as many attacks outside Iraq in the three years after the 2001
attacks as in the three preceding years.
Hurricane Katrina has demonstrated the gross incompetence of the
Department of Homeland Security and the cost of overstretching U.S.
resources. The Administrations failure to manage the crisis left in
Katrinas wake has raised serious concerns about its preparedness for the
next terrorist attack, an event that many believe is inevitable.
The Administration has grossly mismanaged American resources and left us
ill prepared for future disasters. Global terrorism is on the rise, with
anti-American sentiment rampant even among our allies. Nearly 2,000
American troops have died and over 14,000 have been wounded in Iraq.
American families and lives are being torn apart, and still the
Administration has no plan for ending the lethal quagmire.
Here are three things you can do to bring our troops home:
1) Contact your Representative and tell him or her to co-sponsor the
Homeward Bound Resolution. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202)
224-3121 or send an e-mail.
2) Set up a meeting with your Representative during the October 7-17
recess to express your concerns. Representatives will be back at home
meeting constituents during this period, so this is the best time to set
up a meeting. Meeting with your Representative is the most effective way
to express your concerns, more influential thant letters and phone calls
combined. Contact information can be found here.
3) Contact your Senators and ask them to join with Senator Feingold to
call for bringing American troops home from Iraq. Also, set up a meeting
with your Senators during the October 7 - 17 recess to express your
concerns. Call the Capitol switchboard at (202) 224-3121 or send an
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