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Obama Calls for Troop Reduction in Iraq By ANNA JOHNSON, Associated Press Writer
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CHICAGO - Sen. Barack Obama on Tuesday called for a troop reduction in Iraq and criticized the Bush administration for questioning the patriotism of people who have spoken out against the war.
"I believe that U.S. forces are still a part of the solution in Iraq," the Illinois Democrat said during a speech to the Chicago Council on Foreign Relations. "The strategic goals should be to allow for a limited drawdown of U.S. troops, coupled with a shift to a more effective counter-insurgency strategy that puts the Iraqi security forces in the lead and intensifies our efforts to train Iraqi forces."
By David Sirota
A new nationwide poll (attached) finds that "sixty three percent of those surveyed were in favor of bringing US troops home from Iraq in the next year." Yet, even as some Democrats courageously say enough is enough, other high-profile Democrats are still saying the party will only have a position "at the right time." Meanwhile, Democratic "aides" are telling the press that "it is doubtful we will have a [Democratic] Caucus position on Iraq" because some Democratic officials believe supporting a withdrawal "is not the right place politically to be."
By Alexander Bolton in The Hill:
Dems win McCain’s backing
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.
Kucinich Contact: Doug Gordon (202) 225-5871
Sends Letter To Chairman Of House Government Reform Committee
Washington, Nov 21 - Congressman Dennis J. Kucinich sent the following letter to Tom Davis, Chairman of the House Government Reform Committee:
Dear Chairman Davis:
I am requesting that the Government Reform Committee hold a hearing on the war in Iraq and specifically the role that Vice President Richard Cheney, and his staff, played in leading this nation to war.
We now know that the Vice President, and his aides, were at the forefront of the Administration planning and execution of the war in Iraq. We also now know that many of the statements made by Vice President Cheney have turned out to be false and misleading.
By Kevin Alexander Gray and Mike Hersh
Washington, DC (November 15, 2005) -- Since the beginning of President
George Bush's unpopular war against the Iraqi people, black female
leadership has led the fight in opposing what has now become Bush's moral
and political albatrose.
Although Representative John Conyers (D-Mich) remains the dean of
progressive politics in Congress, a coterie of black female lawmakers has
emerged on the leadership forefront of opposition to the war. Many are
familiar with Oakland area Congresswoman Barbara Lee's lone challenge to
the war at the start-up and Georgia's Cynthia McKinney's constant vocal
By Rep. José E. Serrano
September 23, 2005
We are now in the 30th month of the Iraq war. Will it take us another 30
months to admit and correct our mistake?
The time has come for an immediate and complete withdrawal of the troops.
We have created a mess in Iraq, and the sooner we admit that and pull out,
the fewer American soldiers will be needlessly lost. As our nation's
civilian leaders, members of Congress owe reality-based assessments of the
situation to our troops, whose patriotism leads them to sacrifice for our
The troops' job is to carry out the goals that their leaders set before
Wexler Refuses to Support the President's Failed Iraq War Policy
(Washington, D.C.) Today, Congressman Robert Wexler (D-FL) issued the
following statement after voting in support of the House Resolution calling
for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. forces in Iraq:
"My vote in support of this resolution tonight sends an unequivocal message
to President Bush that his three-year, carte-blanche authority in Iraq must
come to an end. The American people have lost confidence in President Bush's
ability as Commander in Chief, and his flawed policies have failed to bring
stability and security to Iraq. It is time to hold the President and his
HONORABLE CHARLES B. RANGEL OF NEW YORK
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
November 18, 2005
MR. RANGEL. Mr. Speaker, I rise today with a heavy heart to enter into the Congressional Record my observations regarding the shameless acts of the Republicans who have hijacked the House of Representatives and have become so arrogant, so deaf to any voices but their own they do not hear the voices of the American people. My friend and colleague, John Murtha, a true American patriot and decorated Marine Corps veteran of Vietnam combat, spoke from his heart yesterday on behalf of those he cares most about: the men and women wearing the uniform of the United States of America and the people of this country he has served all his life.
PHOTO: Rep. John Murtha (D-PA)
November 18, 2005--In a surprise move today, the Republicans moved a grossly amended version of Rep. Murtha's (D-PA) Resolution on Iraq out of committee and onto the floor of the House for a vote in an attempt to trick Democrats into supporting a 'cut and run' position on withdrawing U.S. troops. The attempt backfired. Instead, the move simply demonstrated the Republicans' continued unwillingness to allow reasoned bipartisan debate on bringing an end to the Iraq war debacle.
By William Rivers Pitt, LINK TO ORIGINAL
Tony TrupianoTony Trupiano is a force of nature -- a man of tremendous accomplishment who has succeeded at virtually everything he has tried. He is a leading voice in progressive talk radio, he has written books, and teaches a seminar on the effective use of media. Now he is running for office, and he needs your help.
Mr. Trupiano is running for the House seat in Michigan's 11th District, which covers the greater metro Detroit area. His opponent, two-term incumbent Thaddeus McCotter, has not announced his candidacy yet, but it is only a matter of time before he does. It would be a worthwhile exercise to run a bag of doorknobs against McCotter, who votes with the GOP caucus 93% of the time and voted with Rep. Tom DeLay 92% of the time. Beyond this, Mr. McCotter has amassed a profound record of doing little to nothing for his constituents. He needs to go.
By David Swanson
During the middle of the day on Friday, I spent an hour or two on a conference call with activists and congressional staffers discussing next steps to end the war. We planned, among other things, to organize support for Congressman John Murtha's bill, H.J.Res. 73, which he introduced on Friday. The bill resolves that:
"The deployment of United States forces in Iraq, by direction of Congress, is hereby terminated and the forces involved are to be redeployed at the earliest practicable date. A quick-reaction U.S. force and an over-the-horizon presence of U.S. Marines shall be deployed in the region. The United States of America shall pursue security and stability in Iraq through diplomacy."
Rep. Cynthia McKinney's Statement on "Murtha" War Resolution
The Republicans in this House have done a heinous thing: they have insulted one of the deans of this House in an unthinkable and unconscionable way.
They took his words and contorted them; they took his heartfelt sentiments and spun them. They took his resolution and deformed it: in a cheap effort to silence dissent in the House of Representatives.
The Republicans should be roundly criticized for this reprehensible act. They have perpetrated a fraud on the House of Representatives just as they have defrauded the American people.
By Armando, dailykos.com
The latest incarnation of the New McCarthyism, the ugly Duncan Hunter stunt - the so-called "Murtha" resolution - blew up in their face.
The NYTimes reported that:
"House Republicans are attempting to split the ranks of the Democrats tonight by offering a resolution to withdraw American troops from Iraq immediately."
The vote on the rule to bring the Fake Hunter Resolution to the floor for a vote passed 210-202, but every every Democratic representative who voted, voted against the rule and 5 Republicans joined the Democrats.
Obviously, the Republican attempt failed.
Contact: Brendan Daly or Jennifer Crider, 202-226-7616, both of the Office of House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi; Web: http://democraticleader.house.gov/
WASHINGTON, Nov. 18 /U.S. Newswire/ -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi today spoke late this evening in strong opposition to a sham Republican proposal to smear Congressman John Murtha of Pennsylvania, who has proposed immediate redeployment of troops from Iraq. Below are Pelosi's remarks on the House floor and a video link:
"Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I rise as the proud representative of the city of San Francisco in the Congress of the United States. In Northern California, we treat our veterans with respect. But Mr. Murtha is not being treated as a distinguished veteran with respect here.
By CONGRESSMAN CHARLES RANGEL
Contact: Emile Milne 202 225-4365
At a time when President Bush and Vice President Cheney have been attacking elected leaders who have criticized their decision to go to war in Iraq;
At a time when Members of Congress have been politically intimidated by charges that any criticism of the war was unpatriotic or harmful to our troops;
At a time when the majority of Americans are ahead of the Congress in their loss of faith in the President and his decision to go to war;
Along comes a person whose courage and leadership as relates to this war is comparable to that exhibited by Martin Luther King in the great civil rights struggles of the 1960's.
By David Sirota, Huffington Post
When I worked on the House Appropriations Committee, I worked around Rep. Jack Murtha (D-PA) a lot. He's a really intimidating, no-nonsense kind of guy (he was the guy that I always worried would scream at me a la Gunnery Sergeant Hartmann in Full Metal Jacket if I screwed anything up).
And when it comes to defense-related issues, there literally is no member of Congress more informed and more pro-military than Murtha. That's why his announcement yesterday demanding an immediate withdrawal from Iraq was so important: because if someone like Murtha says its time for a withdrawal, then any Democrat in America should be able to say its time for a withdrawal.
By Mike Hersh, Progressive Democrats of America
Wednesday, November 15, 2005 / Washington, DC--When Rep. Maxine Waters closed the Out of Iraq Press Conference at the Longworth Office Building this morning, Progressive Democrats of America had come of age. This event was part of two days packed with activism, retrospectives, and planning, and confirmed that PDA has a new mission. Several members of the House Out of Iraq Caucus specifically charged us and other activists with leading the efforts to force a long-overdue discussion of Iraq policy in the House of Representatives.
Rep. Waters opened the press conference by offering best wishes for PDA National Advisory Board member Cindy Sheehan who was about to stand trial for civil disobedience at the federal courthouse a few blocks away. PDA Chair Mimi Kennedy, Executive Director Tim Carpenter, and Political Director Kevin Spidel dashed from a vigil with Cindy to attend the announcement this morning.
House Republicans will call for a vote on the pullout on Iraq this evening after a call from hawkish Democrat Jack Murtha (D-PA) for the U.S. to immediately begin removing troops from Iraq, RAW STORY has learned.
Unlike the resolution Murtha proposed, which called for the removal of troops to begin immediately, the Republican resolution calls for all troops to be pulled out at once. Democrats say this dramatically changes the nature of Murtha's original proposal.
The following email went out earlier from the office of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to members of her caucus. Democrats have now received a copy of the GOP resolution.
Senator Harry Reid
t r u t h o u t | Statement
Washington, DC - Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid gave the following speech on the Senate Floor tonight.
Remarks as prepared for delivery:
Tonight the Vice President has come out of his bunker and is speaking at a gathering of Washington DC insiders, which is closed to the press.
Unfortunately, he brought his bunker mentality with him. He is repeating the same tired attacks we've heard from administration officials over the last two weeks.
In the last 24 hours, 10 of our brave soldiers have been killed in far off Iraq. On such a night, you would think Cheney would give a speech that honors the fallen and those still fighting by laying out a strategy for success.
House GOP Seeks Quick Vote on Iraq Pullout
By LIZ SIDOTI, Associated Press Writer
Friday, November 18, 2005
(11-18) 12:37 PST WASHINGTON, (AP) --
House Republicans, sensing an opportunity for political advantage, maneuvered for a quick vote and swift rejection Friday of a Democratic lawmaker's call for an immediate troop withdrawal from Iraq.
"We want to make sure that we support our troops that are fighting in Iraq and Afghanistan," said Speaker Dennis Hastert, R-Ill. "We will not retreat."
House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi had no immediate reaction to the planned vote.
Kerry Demands End To "swift boating" of Jack Murtha
18 November 2005
Sandy, Light Up the Darkness
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Despite the overwhelmingly bipartisan “no confidence
Kerry on The Situation Room: I’d have us in a ‘different place’
Pamela Leavey, Democratic Daily
November 17, 2005
John Kerry made the rounds tonight (and last night) on both Hardball and CNN’s The Situation Room. He’s standing up and speaking his mind — and we’re liking it…
The transcript to from The Situation Room is below… video later…
Senator speaks on prewar intelligence, timetables, election plans
A top House Democrat called for a swift U.S. withdrawal from Iraq on Thursday amid a White House counter offensive against allegations that the Bush administration misled the country over prewar intelligence. CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer spoke with Sen. John Kerry — the Massachusetts Democrat who lost to President Bush in last year’s election — beginning by asking about the president recently quoting Kerry’s prewar comments on Saddam Hussein.
Kerry On Hardball: Bush ‘misled America’
John Kerry was on Hardball tonight: Senator plays Hardball on intelligence leading up to Iraq war.
Pamela Leavey, Democratic Daily
Here’s the transcript from tonight’s Hardball… (emphasis and links - mine)… Video later.
Vice President Dick Cheney has attacked Democratic senators who voted for the war and are now opposed to it. One of those senators is John Kerry. MSNBC-TV’s Chris Matthews spoke with Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) about those comments and the run-up to the war in Iraq. Kerry said, “there were a whole series of occasions where [the administration] took evidence, took the best light of the evidence only, kept the worst or alternatives from Congress and fed the American people with the imperative for war.
The Honorable John P. Murtha
War in Iraq
(Washington D.C.)- The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We can not continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interest of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region.
November 17, 2005
The Shifting Sands Of The Iraq War
Democracy Cell Project
As Iraq War hawk John Murtha spoke today, calling for the immediate scheduling of redeployment of US forces from Iraq, one could sense the shift in American attitude towards the War in Iraq.
The full text of the statement by the fifteen term veteran Democratic Congressman and 38-year veteran of the United States Marine Corps:
"The war in Iraq is not going as advertised. It is a flawed policy wrapped in illusion. The American public is way ahead of us. The United States and coalition troops have done all they can in Iraq, but it is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering. The future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf Region."
Hagel Defends Criticisms of Iraq Policy
Administration Calls Statements by Democrats Harmful to War Effort, Troops
By Glenn Kessler (Ann Scott Tyson)
Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, November 16, 2005; A06
Sen. Chuck Hagel (R-Neb.) strongly criticized yesterday the White House's new line of attack against critics of its Iraq policy, saying that "the Bush administration must understand that each American has a right to question our policies in Iraq and should not be demonized for disagreeing with them."
With President Bush leading the charge, administration officials have lashed out at Democrats who have accused the administration of manipulating intelligence to justify the war in Iraq. Bush has suggested that critics are hurting the war effort, telling U.S. troops in Alaska on Monday that critics "are sending mixed signals to our troops and the enemy. And that's irresponsible."
John Kerry Fires Back to Cheney’s Latest Personal Attacks and Lies
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Dick Cheney opened his mouth and spewed forth a mess of lies and attacks tonight at the Frontiers of Freedom Institute 2005 Ronald Reagan Gala. In his speech, Cheney accused Democratic senators who allege that the Bush administration distorted intelligence to justify the war in Iraq of engaging in “one of the most dishonest and reprehensible charges ever aired in this city.
By John Isaacs, Council for a Livable World
There were mixed views on the Senate votes Tuesday on Iraq. Many saw the votes as a watershed in Congressional criticism of the President’s Iraq policies and a clear vote of no confidence.
Others, however, after reading the actual language, wonder what is the big deal, especially the Warner-Frist language that was adopted 79 – 19 with most Democrats and Republicans voting "aye."
The skeptics are confusing substance with symbolism.
It is true that the adopted language does not remove a single soldier from Iraq; set a timetable for withdrawal; or cut off funds. That is the reality of the substance.