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Out of Iraq Events Planned in Over 75 Cities

Local organizations have planned over 75 Out of Iraq events around the country on or about January 7th. Most of the events are town hall forums, and several will feature members of Congress, including Bobby Scott, Diane Watson, Jim McDermott, Adam Smith, Bob Filner, Martin Sabo, Jim Moran, Marty Meehan, and John Murtha. Several other events will feature congressional staff, congressional and senatorial candidates, local elected officials, and leaders of the peace movement, including Gold Star Families for Peace founder Cindy Sheehan, and After Downing Street Co-Founder John Bonifaz.

MSNBC and Leak Coverage

By Larry Johnson

I was contacted by MSNBC today who asked if I would appear tonight on the Joe Scarborough Show to discuss the importance of the leak to the Washington Post about the CIA secret prisons. The booker told me that Brent Bozell, head of the Media Research Center, was accusing the media of hypocrisy for focusing too much on the leak of Valerie Plame and not enough on the leak about the prisions.

A Letter to Congress

By Amy Branham, Mother of Sgt. Jeremy R. Smith, Nov. 1981 – Feb. 2004

Dear _____________,

Today I want to tell you the story of the death of my son, Jeremy. I want you to know of his courage and bravery, the honor he showed in the final moments of his life. I hope that, through hearing his story, you will find the honor and courage to do what is right for our country in these turbulent times.

Nuclear Calendar

By Friends Committee on National Legislation

Nov. 19-Dec. 5 House of Representatives Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 19-Dec. 11 Senate Thanksgiving recess
Nov. 29 9 a.m.-1 p.m., American Foreign Policy Council, "Missile Defenses and American Security" with William Schneider, Defense Department's Defense Science Board; Ilan Berman, American Foreign Policy Council; and Brian Kennedy, Claremont Institute. 1310 Longworth House Office Building, Washington

MAKE CONGRESS DEBATE AND VOTE ON THE ORIGINAL MURTHA RESOLUTION

By PEN

We put a call out to all candidates who want to win, and Steve Young, fighting for the people in normally conservative Orange County, CA, in a special house election coming up Dec. 6, took us up on our offer to create action pages for him on his own campaign site. Steve is demonstrating his leadership right NOW by working to rally support for serious consideration of the real Murtha resolution. Please submit the action form below to help bring this issue and his campaign the national attention and focus it deserves

Talking About Iraq with the American Public

Talking About Iraq with the American Public
A Project of the U.S. in the World Initiative

Introduction
Most Americans are deeply concerned about the way things are going in Iraq, but the public remains divided on the question of troop withdrawals. The “persuadable middle‿ of the American public does not seem to be convinced that the withdrawal of our troops from Iraq will improve the situation there or contribute to making America safer, if it leaves behind a violent and fragile Iraqi state that destabilizes a vital region and serves as a breeding ground for anti-American extremism and terrorism. They are equally unpersuaded by advocacy that focuses on staying the course, without explaining how a failing military strategy could become a successful one or when we can expect the sacrificing to stop. Unfortunately, the American public doesn’t have much of an opportunity to see or consider alternatives to either “withdrawing the troops‿ or “continuing the fight.‿ Most of what Americans hear from advocates, policymakers, and the media concentrates on one or the other of these prescriptions, with little attention to the political economic, and humanitarian challenges of rebuilding Iraq and stabilizing the region.

Protest Bush on Monday

Join the majority: protest Bush in Phoenix, Ariz., on Monday, Nov. 28th between 4:00 and 6:30 p.m. at the corner of 24th Street and Camelback. Begin gathering at 2:30.

Let's all give him the warm welcome he deserves! In peace we march!

See
http://www.azpeace.org

or
http://spidel.net/blog/?p=332

_________

Oh, and he'll be in Annapolis, Md., on Wednesday speaking to the only people he can get to stand still and listen: those in uniform.

Tell Republicans to STOP Attacking Veterans

Unpatriotic Congresswoman Jean Schmidt Calls Vietnam Hero a Coward
http://vetsforjustice.com/

Here at www.VetsForJustice.con we are fed up with the Bush Neocons, like the Anti-American Congresswoman from Ohio, Jean Schmidt, calling America's War Heroes names.

Having served in combat in Vietnam myself, I was pissed during the Vietnam War when the cowardly rich, like President "W" Bush, Vice President Chaney, and most of the present Bush Administration, avoided the war by being rich and powerful.
Being a lifelong Republican I was pissed when yellow "W" Bush used Swift Boat Tactics to attack Vietnam War Hero, and former POW, Senator McCain for mere politics.

The Democratic Pro-War Dead-Enders

By Bob Fertik, Democrats.com
http://www.democrats.com/dead-enders

First Democratic Hawk John Murtha (D-PA) declared his opposition to the
Iraq War, now fellow Hawk Norm Dicks (D-WA) is echoing Murtha's
sentiments.

Which makes those few Democrats who still support the disastrous war - led

Unknown Costs Hamper Effort to Aid 7-Year-Old Iraqi War Victim in Pittsburgh

www.truthout.org

Story Update: Children's Hospital in Pittsburgh has agreed to cover the full costs of the surgery.

By Sally Kalson, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

One question stands between a 7-year-old Iraqi war victim and reconstructive surgery in Pittsburgh that could bring him a more normal life: How can his sponsors raise their half of the hospital bill when there's no way of knowing how high that bill will run?

The child, Abdul Hakim Ismael, was wounded last year in the city of Fallujah. His family said he was hit by fire from an American air strike, leaving the left side of his face severely disfigured - blinded in one eye with damaged eye lid, socket, jaw and cheek, making it difficult for him to eat.

UK Activism: Impeach Blair

www.ImpeachBlair.org

A cross-party motion has now been tabled in Parliament to set up a Select Committee to investigate the conduct of the Government's policy in going to war in Iraq.

The names appearing on the Early Day Motion include Alan Simpson (Labour), Kenneth Clarke and Douglas Hogg (Conservatives), Menzies Campbell (Liberal Democrats), Alex Salmond (SNP) and Elfyn Llwyd (Plaid Cymru).

Speaking at Westminster Plaid Cymru MP Adam Price, who drafted the motion, said:

"Too many questions remain unanswered about the way we were taken to war in Iraq, and we demand to have them answered. Neither the Hutton nor the Butler Inquiries addressed the central question - were the Parliament and country misled? Therefore it is essential that a committee is set up to investigate the matter thoroughly. If we do not restore proper accountability to the Government, it will corrupt our whole society by providing evidence that allows our enemies to call our democracy a sham."

Not Yet United for Peace

A Fractured Anti-War Movement
By JOHN WALSH, CounterPunch

The polls leave no doubt that the sentiment against the war in the U.S. is overwhelming. Fully 60% of Americans want some or all troops withdrawn from Iraq at once; military recruitment is down and it is clear to all but the most hidebound Bush loyalists that the country was lied into war. And yet the war goes on with little sign that top Republicans or Democrats are feeling sufficient heat to call it quits. Many Dems are willing to say Bush lied, but aside from Teddy Kennedy, no major figure in either party is willing to call for immediate and total withdrawal ? as opposed to exit strategies, exit discussions, etc. The Dems like the Republicans are for "staying the course."

Picking Self Up Off FLoor...

O'Reilly Column Says U.S. Needs Timetable to Get Out of Iraq

By E&P Staff

Published: November 22, 2005 1:17 PM ET

NEW YORK Conservative commentator Bill O'Reilly writes in his current column that there needs to be a timetable for the U.S. to leave Iraq.

"Let's win the damn thing," he said in his Creators Syndicate feature. "But there must be a time limit. Mr. Bush and his crew have to understand that American blood and treasure are not unlimited. It is not undermining the war to suggest giving the Iraqis a realistic private timetable to defend themselves. Basic training for a U.S. soldier is six weeks. We've been training the Iraqi army for almost two years now. Even Gomer Pyle would be up to speed."

Contact Media About New Downing Street Memo

Sources in Britain are reporting that a newly leaked Downing Street Memo says that U.S. President George Bush was dissuaded by British Prime Minister Tony Blair from attacking the Al Jazeera media outlet. In response, the British government, rather than reprimanding the White House, is taking new extreme (even Bush-like)steps to discourage and punish whistleblowers and media outlets. Read the details from RAWSTORY here.

Contact members of the U.S. media and ask them to stand up for their fellow journalists by doing their job and covering this story.

There's a Party December 1 in Arizona

From Progressive Democrats of America

Thursday, December 1st
The Lucky Break - 2nd Street and Jefferson, in Phoenix, Ariz.
(Only 2 1/2 blocks from the Wyndham)
8:00pm - 12:00am

Join many well known activists, politicos and elected officials for a night of relaxing, mingling, great live music, dancing, pool, eating and drinking.

Entertainment: Raza and Tim Reynolds of Dave Matthews Band

Speakers include: Rep. Raul Grijalva and Rep. Diane Watson

For more information email party@pdamerica.org or call (877) 368-9221

There will be a $5 cover which will be waived for PDA donors.

Pre-War Intelligence and Vice President Cheney’s Speech on Iraq

MEMORANDUM
PDF Version

To: Interested Parties
From: Bob Graham, former Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman John Podesta, President and C.E.O., Center for American Progress
Re: Pre-War Intelligence and Vice President Cheney’s Speech on Iraq
Date: November 21, 2005

Overview
In his speech today, Vice President Cheney wisely backed away from the White House’s personal criticism of Congressman John Murtha. But the Vice President continued the Administration’s irresponsible misrepresentation of the facts that led to President Bush’s decision to invade Iraq. Vice President Cheney repeated his misleading assertions regarding actions taken by the Clinton Administration and the Congress to combat the threat posed by Saddam Hussein.

Demo Planned for Oceanside California

By Jeeni Criscenzo

I went down to Carlsbad Blvd. today to do a final walkabout, looking for any unexpected problems for our vigil on Friday. As I stood there looking south, toward Cannon Rd., I created a picture in my mind of what that stretch will look like 3:00 PM on Friday when over 2,000 people will line it. It's going to be an incredible experience!

As I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, above all, I am thankful to have all of you in my heart - because if you are on this email list, you are most definitely in my heart. I am overwhelmed when I think about how many loving, brave and genuine people I have met and worked with here, over the past year. It seems as if, as things in our government get more and more horrendous, there is an equally powerful force growing within ordinary people who are finding the inner resolve to stand up and do something. I am honored and thankful to have you as my friends and supporters. A year from now, with your help, I'll be packing my bags for Washington, DC, to be your voice in a new Congress where people matter. Change is most definitely in the wind!

Nominate Cindy Sheehan for Time Magazine Person of the Year

There is no one in this country more responsible for the change in Americans' attitudes toward the Iraq War than Cindy Sheehan. Let's ask Time Magazine to consider her for 2005 Person of the Year.

Nominate Cindy Sheehan for Time Magazine Person of the Year - Pass it on!

Click here to vote.

Iraq Fact Sheet

http://www.peace-action.org

PDF Version

Iraq Fact Sheet

Americans Want Change and Leadership
• Americans believe change in Iraq is necessary. A recent CBS News Poll showed 59% of Americans want to withdraw from Iraq as soon as possible. The same poll indicated 64%, nearly 2/3 of Americans believe the results of the Iraq war are not worth its costs.
• Americans are disappointed with the current leadership on Iraq. According to a recent Washington Post-ABC News Poll, 64% of Americans disapprove of the way President Bush is handling the situation in Iraq.

PDA's Campaign to Support McGovern's Withdrawal Bill

From Progressive Democrats of America

While we support the efforts of Rep. Murtha, PDA's focus and resources will be devoted to support Rep. James McGovern's (D-MA) bill calling for withdrawal now. Rep. McGovern recently wrote a letter to PDA staff in which he asked to have us share it with our grassroots base. The letter outlines the need to withdraw from Iraq. You can read the letter here: http://www.pdamerica.org/misc/McGovern-PDA-Letter.pdf

You can also read a letter that gives some background on this issue: http://www.pdamerica.org/misc/McGovern-Background.pdf.

McGovern was recently at a PDA Washington, D.C. function at which he outlined the above letter in a new bill he has put forward and described specifically how PDA can help. A short video clip of part of his interview can be seen here: Rep. McGovern Video Clips (requires free RealPlayer software): [56k Modem] [Broadband]

Get the Truth Out!

2,100 soldiers now dead in Iraq; suicide bomber kills 17; Larry Johnson; dirty bomb suspect Padilla indicted; and more ... Browse our continually updating front page at http://www.truthout.org

VIDEO SPECIAL | School of the Americas Protest
A Film by Rebecca MacNeice
http://www.truthout.org/multimedia.htm

Rebecca MacNeice reports from the 16th annual School of the Americas protest at Fort Benning, GA. 20,000 people participated in the protest, including 41 who were arrested. The protesters focused their attention on the School because of its involvement in the training of many Central American military officers who went on to commit human rights abuses.

Hold Schmidt Accountable

Operation Yellow Feather: Day Two
by BostonJoe, dailykos.com

Rep. Jean Schmidt (R-Ohip) is in deep political trouble because she called Rep. John Murtha (D-Pennsylvania) a coward. And the progressive blogosphere has played a part in ensuring that she is held accountable for her remarks.

The Cincinnati Enquirer says she skipped two local appearances Monday. She is a true Chicken Hawk. Talk the talk. But when the going gets tough -- AWOL.

READ MORE

Pelosi: 'Stay the Course' Not a Strategy for Success in Iraq

By Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616
http://democraticleader.house.gov

Washington, D.C. - House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today on the President's failure to provide a plan for success in Iraq:

"This week, Iraqi leaders at the Arab League conference in Cairo called for a timetable for withdrawing foreign forces from Iraq, further evidence of how far out of touch President Bush's Iraq policy is from reality. While senior Administration officials such as Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice suggest that U.S. forces may still be in Iraq in 10 years, Iraqi Sunni, Shiite, and Kurdish leaders have all stated clearly that they want the Iraqi people to quickly take over their country's future and be responsible for its security.

Emergency Speak Out on The War

If you're in DC...

Don’t Miss Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton’s Emergency Speak Out on The War & Our Priorities at Home

Moderator: Kojo Nnamdi of WAMU 88.5 FM

Thursday, December 1, 2005,6:30 – 8:30pm

345 Cannon House Office Building - Cannon Caucus Room, 1st and C Streets SE (Capitol South Metro)

You’ve Heard Contrasting Views from Rep. Jack Murtha and President Bush Congresswoman Norton Wants to Hear from You!

Brief Remarks by Emory Kosh, a Veteran Home from Iraq then the floor is yours on the War and on $50 billion in new House cuts in vital services, including health care and student loans.

Wow! Suddenly WMD and Iraq-Al Qaeda are NOT the Reasons we Invaded Iraq...

By Bob Fertik, President, Democrats.com

CNN LATE EDITION WITH WOLF BLITZER
Interview With Donald Rumsfeld; Interview With Lawrence Wilkerson
Aired November 20, 2005 - 11:00 ET
http://transcripts.cnn.com/TRANSCRIPTS/0511/20/le.01.html

RUMSFELD: We know intelligence is imperfect.

BLITZER: That's why the U.S. went to war: the WMD and the Iraq- Al Qaida
connection that you alleged.

RUMSFELD: The reason the United States went to war, the president has
announced and said it repeatedly. There were 17 resolutions in the U.N.
that were ignored by Saddam Hussein. Our planes were being shot at on a

"Crude Designs": New Report Charges Big Oil "Rip-Off" of Iraq

Institute for Public Accuracy

GREG MUTTITT, greg.muttitt@pobox.com, http://www.CrudeDesigns.org

The British group PLATFORM has just released a report: "Crude
Designs: The Rip-Off of Iraq's Oil Wealth." Among the group's
findings:
* "Current Iraqi oil policy will allocate the development of at
least 64 percent of Iraq's reserves to foreign oil companies."
* "The estimated cost to Iraq over the life of the new oil
contracts is $74 to $194 billion, compared with leaving oil
development in public hands."
* "The contracts would guarantee massive profits to foreign
companies, with rates of return of 42 to 162 percent. The kinds of

Washington Update

United For Peace and Justice
Washington Update – November 22, 2005

Members of Congress are home for the holidays, we encourage you to take advantage of the opportunity to visit them in their district offices, or question them about the war in Iraq at public events in the district. For updated lobbying materials – including talking points, bills and actions to ask for and more, please check the legislative page on the UFPJ website: http://www.unitedforpeace.org/article.php?id=3116#grassroots

It was a busy week in Congress, the upshot is that we have many vehicles to press members on to show their support for an end to the war.

She'll get you, Rep. Murtha, you little pretty

She'll get you, Rep. Murtha, you little pretty
Saturday, November 19, 2005
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
Patriot Boy. Blogspot

Rep. Jean Schmidt
US House of Representatives

Dear Representative Schmidt,

It's about time someone called Rep. Murtha to account for the cowardice he's shown during America's darkest times. When Sen. McCarthy needed him to fight the war of ideas by exposing the communist professors on our campuses, Murtha left his college and slunk off to hide out with the Marines. When Strom Thurmond needed him to beat up the uppity brown people holding sit-ins at our finest drug store lunch counters, Murtha wormed his way over to Vietnam. And while you were voting to cut the taxes of our best Americans and take away food stamps and health benefits from the un-moneyed rabble who don't deserve America's bounty, he was calling for us to abandon the fledgling Islamic theocracy we're building in Iraq.

HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT

U.S. Tour of Duty presents
HOW WE GOT INTO IRAQ AND HOW TO GET OUT
Featuring in person: SCOTT RITTER

Monday, December 5, 7:30-9:00 PM at Venice United Methodist Church, 1020 Victoria Avenue, Venice (1 block north of Venice Blvd. at Lincoln Blvd.)

Join Scott Ritter, former UN Weapons Inspector and author of Iraq Confidential (Nation Books), and Lila Garrett, host of KPFK's "Connect the Dots," for an incisive discussion on how to extract ourselves from the Iraq quagmire.

A book sale and signing will follow the event.

Doors open 6:30 PM. Seating is first-come, first-served.

Suggested donation: $10 (nobody turned away)

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