Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Where Is Support for Bush's Iraquagmire Trending Up?

Not among the troops.

1,000 1,150 1,214 active-duty soldiers and Marines are urging lawmakers to support a quick withdrawal and anti-war soldier advocate groups planned to rally state legislatures. Active-duty members of our military who oppose the war have sent an "appeal for redress" to Congress.

Although they're duty-bound to carry out the president's orders, they have a legal right to use this means to express their views.The wording of the Appeal for Redress is short and simple. It is patriotic and respectful in tone.
As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq. Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home.
There are three sponsoring service-connected organizations sponsoring this movement among our military:

Iraq Veterans Against the War (IVAW):
IVAW was founded by Iraq war veterans in July 2004 to give a voice to the large number of active duty service people and veterans who are against this war, but are under various pressures to remain silent. IVAW calls for:
  • Immediate withdrawal of all occupying forces in Iraq;
  • Reparations for the pillaging and destruction of Iraq so that ordinary Iraqi people can control their own lives and future; and
  • Full benefits, adequate health care (including mental health), and other supports for returning servicemen and women.
Military Families Speak Out(MFSO):
MFSO was formed in November of 2002, Before Bush started his un-provoked, unnecessary, largely unilateral invasion and unplanned occupation of Iraq (UULUIUOI)! MFSO is composed of people opposed to the war in Iraq who have relatives or loved ones in the military. Currently it claims 3,000 military families.
Veterans For Peace (VFP):
VFP is a national organization founded in 1985 composed of veterans from World War II , Korea , Vietnam , the Gulf War, other conflicts and peacetime veterans. Their name and breath of generations speaks for itself: their collective experience teaches that wars are easy to start and hard to stop.
All Americans who oppose prolonging this biggest mistake in their country's history should serve as amplifiers for the voices of these brave and patriotic soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines, especially as they contact their Congressional representatives and senators. As Rep. John Lewis, D-Ga., said in a statement:
Somewhere those of us who represent the American people, and the American people themselves, must follow the lead of these men and women in uniform today and find a way to speak up and speak out about this unnecessary war.

13 Moderated Comments:

Blogger Recidivist said...

Omitted, was the fact that the petition was received by Ohio Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

1/17/2007 09:30:00 AM  
Blogger Malfrat said...

Need to update this already, webmeister: 1,133 troops have signed.

1/17/2007 10:49:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just another example that Bush, his Stepford wife, Barney, and a few wacky others are the only ones who still believe in "victory".

1/17/2007 12:39:00 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

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1/17/2007 04:16:00 PM  
Blogger MadMike said...

While encouraging, the number of those "protesting" is miniscule, to the point of being less than significant. Regardless, the snowball can roll down the hill with serious consequences to all in its path. Let's hope this is the case. At least it is a beginning and we desperately need a beginning!

P.S. His "Stepford wife"! Wonderful BB!

1/17/2007 04:19:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Saudi Oil and British Petroleum support Bush. They love him.

Why not encourage the troops to desert.? They are on a suicide mission.

Soon, some of these troops will die for the sake of keeping Iranian oil off the market also.

They deserved better than being brainwashed as hired killers for the Corporatacracy.

Oil provides Money for Iran. Maintaining scarcity is a must in a price system for profits to continue.
See where this is going.?

1/17/2007 04:55:00 PM  
Blogger Messenger said...

Yes, Beach Bum! Nice touch. The First Lady is very much a Stepford Wife. I missed it the first time around, until Mike pointed it out!

1/17/2007 05:59:00 PM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

Thanks, Recidivist, for pointing out Kucinich's role. I have updated with a photo of him receiving the petition.

Malfrat, am I expected to update the total stats every hour?

1/17/2007 06:40:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, you know, I think a lot of people are in this fight. I mean, they sacrifice peace of mind when they see the terrible images of violence on TV every night. I mean, we've got a fantastic economy here in the United States, but yet, when you think about the psychology of the country, it is somewhat down because of this war.

Now, here in Washington when I say, "What do you mean by that?," they say, "Well, why don't you raise their taxes; that'll cause there to be a sacrifice." I strongly oppose that. If that's the kind of sacrifice people are talking about, I'm not for it because raising taxes will hurt this growing economy. And one thing we want during this war on terror is for people to feel like their life's moving on, that they're able to make a living and send their kids to college and put more money on the table. And you know, I am interested and open-minded to the suggestion, but this is going to be - this is like saying why don't you make sacrifices in the Cold War? I mean, Iraq is only a part of a larger ideological struggle. But it's a totally different kind of war, than ones we're used to.

1/18/2007 08:42:00 PM  
Blogger GetaLife-ReadUrNews said...

Let me say publically, witnessed by all present here, that I will wholeheartedly support the President's surge with two conditions:
1)That he personally puts on a helmet, goes to Iraq and leads the charge;
2) That he will resign in June '07 if we are still taking the same casualities as we are now.

1/18/2007 10:42:00 PM  
Blogger Donviti said...

you can add this veteran to a seperate list if you want to start one

1/19/2007 10:04:00 AM  
Blogger dusty said...

The petition for redress is picking up steam now that the Asshat has announced more not less troops in Iraq.

Good for them, I salute you fine soldiers for signing it. God bless you all.

1/23/2007 02:55:00 AM  
Blogger Vigilante said...

It's a blessing that Hillary Clinton's announcement has knocked John Kerry back to his senses, causing him to see that history has assigned him the role of not running for President again. It has liberated his tongue from nuances and flip-flops. Here he is at his best:

"I asked the question in 1971: How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake? Although I knew going into public service I wanted to be in a place where I could have an impact should there be a choice of war in the future, but I never thought that I would be reliving the need to ask that question again."

1/26/2007 09:05:00 AM  

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