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"Iraq Tests Party Unity"
By Erin P. Billings,Roll Call Staff
Roll Call -December 8, 2005
House Democrats on Wednesday worked to hit the restart button on their Iraq war message, talking up their unity and trying to downplay suggestions that their policy disagreements are damaging them politically.
The President's Speech on Iraq Reconstruction
By Rep. Henry A. Waxman
Wednesday 07 December 2005
The President's claims today are mindboggling. Either he doesn't understand the facts or simply doesn't want to face them. The reconstruction of Iraq has been an enormous boondoggle - not an example of "quiet, steady progress." Halliburton has repeatedly overcharged American taxpayers through fraud, waste, and abuse. The U.S. officials in charge of the reconstruction have been incompetent and, in some cases, corrupt. And billions of dollars have been squandered without increasing oil or electricity production.
Tuesday, December 6, 2005
Washington, DC – On the day before the president delivers another speech on the war in Iraq, Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid, Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Carl Levin and Senator Jack Reed called on the president to provide a real strategy for success in Iraq. In a letter to the president, the Senators called on Bush to deliver more than a public relations document to the American people and our troops and to provide a strategy with benchmarks by which our progress can be measured.
The text of the letter follows below:
For Immediate Release Contact: Mikael Moore
December 7, 2005 (202) 225-2201
Members of the 'Out of Iraq' Caucus Urged to Support Murtha's Iraq Resolution
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Maxine Waters (CA-25), Chair of the 'Out of Iraq' Congressional Caucus sent a letter to the seventy-one members of the 'Out of Iraq' Caucus urging them to cosponsor Congressman John Murtha's resolution, H J Res 73, which would redeploy US Forces from Iraq.
Today, Congresswoman Waters signed on as a cosponsor of H J Res 73.
The text of Congresswoman Waters' letter is as follows:
Crooks and Liars
John Murtha responded to President Bush's speech today. I can't write much (ill) so discuss what he said in the thread.
QT convert is broken (it's about 20 minutes long so a small size vid file-11mgs)
Jesse has the entire transcript posted.
MURTHA: Let me start by going through a timeline and then get to what the president said....read on
Booman Tribune has more...
Think Progress: During his response to President Bush this afternoon, Murtha revealed, for the first time, that the Pentagon will ask for an additional $100 billion for operations in Iraq next year...
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By, Tim Goodrich, Co-founder, Iraq Veterans Against the War / Western Region
So often in our quest to end the war in Iraq and bring our troops home, we work from the bottom up. This happens when we have people in the streets protesting, people calling their elected officials and Iraq war vets and other credible sources speaking at public forums. While this is all great and our efforts are working, we frequently forget another valuable method for effecting change. I believe that it is equally important to work from the top down.
By U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee
REVISED (note change below) -
Contact: Dana Thompson (202) 225-7080
Iraq War - Democrats Believe American Troops Should Be Redeployed In Accordance with a Comprehensive Exit Plan
By Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
"The ‘Plan for Victory’ backdrop against which the President appeared at the Naval Academy today was no more accurate than the ‘Mission Accomplished’ backdrop he used over two and a half years ago on the USS Abraham Lincoln."
By Congressman Henry Waxman
Wednesday, November 30, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Davis, Rep. Waxman asks that the Committee investigate reports that the U.S. military is secretly paying Iraqi newspapers to present positive images of the military and the U.S. mission in Iraq.
By Congressman Waxman
Friday, December 02, 2005 -- In a letter to Chairman Tom Davis, Rep. Waxman discloses that the Army Corps of Engineers has paid Hallilburton $130 million in cost reimbursements, profits, and bonuses for billings related to fuel imports and oilfield repairs in Iraq that Defense Department auditors determined to be unreasonable and unsupported.
AN OPEN LETTER TO CONGRESS FROM A VETERAN AND MILITARY DAD
By Stan Goff, http://stangoff.com/?p=222
(Disclaiming in advance for the rare exceptions in Congress)
If there is one thing we can always count on, it’s politicians who walk over human corpses to show fear only in the face of something as formless and abstract as an opinion poll. The veterans and military families antiwar movement are well-versed on so-called realism – and that deference we are supposed to exercise when we approach elected officials, hat in hand, for a few crumbs of your attention and support.
Spin, Spin, Spin and more Spin
PETALUMA, CA -- The following is Rep. Lynn Woolsey's (D-Petaluma) statement in reaction to President Bush's first in a series of speech on his "war plan" in Iraq.
News From House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi
H-204, The Capitol, Washington D.C. 20515
Contact: Brendan Daly/Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616
Pelosi: 'The President Has Dug Us into a Deep Hole in Iraq; It Is Time for Him to Stop Digging'
"What the White House released today is more a list of goals than it is a workable plan. Concerns continue to mount that the Administration either will not or cannot recognize the clear facts on the ground that threaten our troops and our true objectives in combating terrorism worldwide.
"While today's speech by the President was billed as yet another attempt to lay out a plan for finishing the military mission in Iraq, the only new thing the administration gave the American people was a glossy 35-page pamphlet filled with the same rhetoric we've all heard before. Today's action by the White House isn't a step forward, it's a step back. In fact the booklet the administration released to accompany the President's speech is described as a "...document [that] articulates the broad strategy the President set forth in 2003..." That alone makes it clear that the President seems more dug in than ever to the same old "stay the course" way of thinking. This is not a strategy, and it certainly is not a plan to complete the military mission in Iraq.
Statement from U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer:
The President fails to see and confront the truth about the war in Iraq.
Well, let's give her credit. There are still a few Dems promoting the war. Thank Rep. Nancy Pelosi here.
House minority leader backs quick withdrawal
November 30, 2005
Professor Carolyn Eisenberg
Dear Professor Eisenberg:
The war in Iraq is on the minds of many of you who have written or who have called my office asking questions and expressing frustration. When the President addresses the nation tomorrow on the war, the American people want and deserve to know how we got there, why we are still there, how we have executed the war and what we should do now. In short, the President must explain his plan for the war in Iraq.
Read this in connection with the article on death squads below.
Our Troops Must Stay
By JOE LIEBERMAN, Wall Street Journal
November 29, 2005
I have just returned from my fourth trip to Iraq in the past 17 months and can report real progress there. More work needs to be done, of course, but the Iraqi people are in reach of a watershed transformation from the primitive, killing tyranny of Saddam to modern, self-governing, self-securing nationhood -- unless the great American military that has given them and us this unexpected opportunity is prematurely withdrawn.
By David Swanson
"What's more moderate than exploring the truth? Is there really partisanship in truth?...We don't need to be afraid to use the word impeachment. It is the process that was set up. It's not a bad word. It stands for accountability. It is the system of justice in our political system…There's nothing radical in that."
Rep. Murphy, injured in Iraq, expects painful recovery in Pa.
By Associated Press
PITTSBURGH - Rep. Tim Murphy, R-Pa., who was one of two congressmen injured when the vehicle they were in overturned in Iraq, said he expects to fly into Pittsburgh on Monday evening wearing a neck brace for a painful recovery.
Future Hope column, Nov. 27, 2005
By Ted Glick
Within progressive circles there’s growing talk about the 2006 and the 2008 elections. The Bush/Cheney free fall to an average, between them, of 33-34% in the polls, combined with the indictments and investigations of Rove, Libby, Delay, Frist and other top Republicans, has generated hope among Democrats and others that they can take back at least one house of Congress in 2006 and the White House in 2008.
For some Democrats, hopefully not many, who call themselves progressive, it doesn’t much matter who their standard bearers are. As long as they win against Republicans, that’s just fine.
By Sari Gelzer, t r u t h o u t | Report
Days after Iraqi leaders called for the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, Senator Russell Feingold and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi addressed the importance of declaring a timetable for the US exit from Iraq.
In a letter written yesterday, Feingold urged President Bush to declare a timetable for the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and suggested the State of the Union address as an important chance to raise the issue.
After Congressman John P. Murtha's recent appeal to withdraw from Iraq in six months, Feingold appealed to Bush by saying that although the plan "need not be rigid," it must be declared for the sake of national security.
By the BlackCommentator.com
Only three Democrats voted on the issue of the Iraq war, last Friday. The rest followed Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s directives, a continuation of her "strategy" of insulating the pro-war wing of the party, centered in the Democratic Leadership Council (DLC), from the wrath of the party’s base, which is now overwhelmingly anti-war. For the DLC’s sake, Pelosi smothers the party’s progressive wing - of which she was once a proud member. Thus, the San Francisco congresswoman maintains the fiction of a united House Democratic front, to disguise the flaccid reality: the pro-war faction has veto power over Democratic Iraq policy - a veto exercised by Pelosi, herself.
Pro-GOP Democrats leaving
WASHINGTON, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- Republicans in the U.S. House are losing Democrats who used to support their bills as the 2006 midterm elections loom.
The Christian Science Monitor reports on the recent big votes on such issues as energy and the budget reconciliation bill, Republicans did not get a single Democratic vote. But as recently as last spring, 73 Democrats had backed a bankruptcy bill despite their leader Nancy Pelosi's warning it would create "modern-day indentured servants," the report said. On another measure, 50 Democrats supported GOP efforts to reform class-action lawsuits.
By Congressional Quarterly
Two House Republicans and two Democrats joined forces this week to urge House conferees on the fiscal 2006 defense authorization bill to accept Senate language prodding the Bush administration to start bringing U.S. troops home from Iraq next year.
The lawmakers said adopting such legislation would be “an important first step
Dems win McCain’s backing
By Alexander Bolton
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has emerged as a leading opponent of the Bush administration’s policy on interrogating detainees in the war on terrorism, wants Senate investigators to interview senior administration officials about their statements regarding the threat posed by Saddam Hussein before the war.
McCain backed Democratic calls for interviews of top-level administration officials in an interview last week. But his position is at odds with many in his party, including Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.), chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, and Sen. George Allen (R-Va.), whom McCain may face in the 2008 GOP presidential primary.
Check your Congress Member's voting record on all measures related to ending the war HERE.
By Kevin Zeese, Director, www.DemocracyRising.US
Dear Peace Stalwarts:
This Thanksgiving time period may be critical to the direction of the Iraq War debate in the nation's capitol. Below are three steps you can take to move this issue forward at this critical time.
Before leaving Washington, DC on Thanksgiving recess the debate on the Iraq War – something that has been quietly heating up – reached a boiling point in both chambers of Congress. At the beginning of the week the Senate took action with Republicans responding to a Democratic attempt to push an exit from Iraq. The Republicans passed legislation that would require the President to report quarterly to the Congress on progress toward ending the U.S. occupation of Iraq – sending a clear message of bi-partisan concern about the current Iraq policy.