Thursday, September 20, 2007

Fully funded redeployment now

At Calitics and Daily Kos today, Representative Barbara Lee said:

As many of you may know, just over six years ago I cast the lone vote against giving George Bush an unchecked authority to wage an undefined war against an undefined enemy for an unspecified period of time, an authority his administration has invoked in going into Iraq, in the establishment of military tribunals, even in conducting warrantless surveillance of Americans.

Thankfully, today I am no longer a lone voice, as evidenced in no small part by vibrant communities like this one. The majority of Americans want to end the occupation of Iraq and bring our troops home, but despite the fact that George Bush refuses to change course in Iraq, Congress has not taken the necessary steps to end his administration's failed policy.

So how do we change this?

It's September, so we'll be seeing the Iraq emergency supplemental spending debate continue to heat up, we will continue to press for fully funded withdrawl of troops from Iraq. Fund a safe and orderly withdrawl now.

This pledge was first taken by Reps Lee, Woolsey and Waters, but now 80 other congressmembers have signed on. If you're representative isn't on the list, please send them a message that you will back them, if they vote to start moving troops and contractors out of Iraq right away.

I've heard repeatedly, that most of the time, they only get a trickle of letters and calls opposing the actions in Iraq. Let's change that right now. We know that most Americans are not going to take to the streets over this situation, but everyone can take three minutes to make a quick phone call or send an email. If you call, all you have to say is that you want to register your opinion that you want your rep to vote to only fund safe redeployment out of Iraq. Or use the email link. Quick. Easy. Clear. Painless.

If you don't tell them what you want done, how can they represent you? The polls overwhelmingly say Americans think this occupation is a debaucle, and we need to start reducing our military presence, so speak up to the one's who should be doing something about it. Congress has the responsibility and the power to set the course in Iraq. The constitutional role of the president is to carry out the mission as directed by congress. The president is commander in chief of the military...not of the congress or the American people. You'd never know it by the blah blah blah that comes out of this White House, or from the whining from Congress, but there it is. Congress needs to step up and do the right thing, so feel free to give them a little nudge.

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