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WOOLSEY CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PLAN HOW TO BRING TROOPS HOME


NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN LYNN WOOLSEY
6th District, California
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Susannah Cernojevich (202) 225-5187

WOOLSEY CALLS ON CONGRESS TO PLAN HOW TO BRING TROOPS HOME

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey (D-Petaluma) is calling on Members of Congress and the President to work together to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq, while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.

What: Bipartisan Congressional Hearing on How to Bring the Troops Home

When: Thursday, September 15, 2005
10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Who: U.S. Representative Lynn Woolsey
Other Members of Congress

Witnesses include:

U.S. Senator Max Cleland, former member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, former Director of the Veterans Administration and Vietnam veteran.

General Joseph Hoar (Ret. USMC), former Commander in Chief of U.S. Central Command.

Ambassador David Mack, former Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for the Near East, former U.S. Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates, and current Vice President of the Middle East Institute.

Dr. Ken Katzman, Middle East analyst and Iraq specialist at the Congressional Research Service.

Antonia Chayes, Director of the Project on International Institutions and Conflict Management at Harvard Law School. Visiting Professor at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and former Under Secretary of the Air Force during the Carter Administration.

Anas Shallal, founder of "Iraqi-Americans for Peaceful Alternatives."

Where: 122 Cannon House Office Building
Capitol Hill, Washington, DC

Rep. Lynn Woolsey, the first Member of Congress to call on the President to develop and implement a plan to bring U.S. troops out of Iraq, has requested hearings in the U.S. House International Relations Committee and the U.S. House Armed Services Committee to discuss plans to bring the troops home while helping the Iraqis regain control over their country and their future.

Since her requests of the President and the Republican controlled Congress have been ignored, Congresswoman Woolsey is organizing an informal hearing to discuss strategies to achieve military disengagement while still playing a constructive role in the rebuilding of Iraqi society.

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Oh, joy! Oh, bliss! Another Democrat political "exit strategy" initiative.

We do not need an exit strategy, dammit. We need an exit.

The theater commanders are quite capable of locating the required troop transports and leading the grunts to them pronto, assuming any of them require any such urging. And they won't need to fight their way out either. They'll almost certainly get all the Iraqi cheers and flower-strewn paths in that direction that they missed going in.

When their safely home, THEN and only then, you can hold all the political debates you like about "helping" the Iraqis to control their own future -- although I'll never undertand why any of you think that's what Americans elected you to do.

These slimy politicians try to make-belive there is some "noble cause" for the u.s. military yet to perform, when in fact this occupation is nothing but a crime against humanity. "Out Now" must be our constant call, and nothing less.

I never thought America was a Fairweather Friend, but thats the premise of the "cut and run" theory. Abandon Iraq just as its getting somewhere. Abandon the women and children, especially the girls who are now able to go to school. Abandon Iraq and badguys everywhere will know you just have to lean on the US and it folds like a pack of cards. What is the reason to jump out right now?
Once the US leaves, will the terrorists go back to their 9 to 5 jobs? Somehow, I don't think so. The cut and run theory doesn't hold up and its not going to happen, not even if a democrat is in the white house.

George Lakoff, during a Seattle area workshop suggested we use "Operation Homecoming" to describe what we want. The connotations are positive, avoid polarization and honors the men and women who were put at risk by the current criminal administration. The Backbone Campaign http://backbonecampaign.org is now offering bumper stickers reading:

Brave Troops, Foolish Leaders
Begin Operation Homecoming

Also: check out David Sirota's blog today on lack of Democratic leadership/Spine: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/david-sirota/a-telltale-sign-your-part_b_7...

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