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Hearing on Exiting Iraq to be Webcast Live on Thursday

The hearing will be taped gavel-to-gavel by C-Span and broadcast during primetime Thursday evening. And there will be a live video link on

Click where it says: Woolsey Forum "How to Bring the Troops Home". Live Webcast 10:00 A.M. ET - 1:00 P.M. ET.



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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Ram another resolution through congress, this time we will get even MORE co-sponsors....

Lets show America we can drag these thugs through the open, until they give up!

A call to pass Rush Holt's Bill: 149 co-sponsors and counting. Needs more co-sponsors!!!!

Support ending the bullshit! Bring paper ballots, voter verified ballots and END THE LIE!!!!!

Yes!!! We move forward NOW!!!!!

Doug Eldritch

Okay. I lke the cause! Thanks for the input.

Greg Robles

in ALL elections, not just federal level. It must be LAW OF THE LAND , paper NOT cyber votes at all, No CHADS either>>>paper BALLOTS , NO CHADS , NO CYBER. End the BIG LIES before they start again>>>

What are you going to do about your party submitting illegal votes? ;)

Keep the dream alive!!!!

Richie "The Righ Wing Kook" Rich

Honestly, you just don't get it. That's sad for YOUR own sake.

Hey, Kooky, I see your back. Why have you not e-mailed me as per my post with e-mail address last week? I'm glad to see the Yank has taken to referring you to the 77 Sunset Strip character as well.

One's own recognition that there's a problem is an important first step. But I hope you have some good shoes, Richie, because you have many steps to go.

If you ever want to be taken seriosly, you need to support your stance with an intelligent argument. Here's a challenge for you:

Review and respond to the following:

If you have the balls to do it, I'll put your entire unedited response on my website.

John Perry

Watch the debate

Galloway/Hitchens Debate

British MP George Galloway v. Christopher Hitchens:
A debate on the Iraq war moderated by Amy Goodman

Find it in the right block of top of pages

Please suggest it to your friends

Read this and then see if you think that ,besides Galloway rightfully putting the Senate in it's place, Galloway is a 'hero':

I have not said anyhting to support or not, just suggested to watch the debate.

BTW, you can find the excat article which you referring to, at the same site, (MWC) ironically the debate and article are in the same place.

It was something wrong with the Video which apprenly is fixed now and the video is working fine now. ENJOY

Coverage of the Out of Iraq hearing by Representative Woolsey is on the C-span 2 schedule for today, Sept. 16 from 12:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Coverage of the Out of Iraq hearing by Representative Woolsey is on the C-span 2 schedule for today, Sept. 16 from 12:20 p.m. to 3:40 p.m.

Sorry for the minor distraction from all that crucially important Washington politicking, but "over there" the little tragedies and blunders of an illegal and immoral war continue apace.

As the chorus saying "sweeps are useless" grows, inside as well as outside the military, the U.S. military in Iraq continues its sweeps. The latest Iraqi city to get swept is Tal Afar. Predictably, the Iraqi guerillas did what they should and got out, escaping through exactly the sort of tunnel system John Poole describes in his excellent books. We stand holding an empty bag, in a city whose population we have thoroughly alienated.

This time, though, there was a difference. The American Commando Supremo made sure the "Iraqi Army" took the lead. What that actually meant was that the invasion of Tal Afar, a city populated by Turkmen, was led by Kurdish pesh merga militiamen. The September 13 Washington Post reports:

As in the past several days, Iraqi soldiers drawn primarily from the Kurdish pesh merga militia led the operation . . .

Just after 7 a.m., they streamed into the adjoining neighborhoods of Hassan Koy and Uruba, taking every military-age man into custody at a makeshift pen established by U.S. forces . . .

U.S. commanders have praised the performance of the Kurdish forces during the operation, while privately expressing concern that their tactics sometimes verge on being heavy-handed. The pesh merga supports Kurdish rebels fighting the government of neighboring Turkey ...

Hello? Did anyone in the higher ranks of the U.S. military ever hear the term "cultural intelligence?" Using Kurds against a Turkish city is like turning Hutus loose on Tutsis or the IRA on Orangemen. We can now add a Kurd vs. Turkmen civil war to the one already underway between Iraq's Sunnis and Shiites.

Nor does the damage stop at the Iraqi border. I would bet dinars to dollars that the Kurdish assault on Tal Afar has been the front page story in every newspaper in Turkey for days. Worse, the whole Turkish population has seen the U.S. military hold the Kurds' coat for them while they kick the crap out of fellow Turks. The Post reported that, "Some of the American soldiers taunted the detainees by asking them, 'Can you say Abu Ghraib?'" So much for winning at the moral level.

Please dont forget to hug your "Support the Troops" bumper sticker while the duopoly party politicians drone on and on with their resolutions and "exit strategy" proposals that change nothing at all.

SOURCE: Swept Away in Iraq

Osama bin Laden is a Saudi. Seems like Bushco has achieved diversity in killing everyone else.

A Necklace of Bombs for Baghdad
US Troops Attacked
Sistani: No Civil War even if Half of Shiites are Killed

Al-Hayat: After the 12 explosions that rocked Baghdad on Wednesday and left an estimated 160 dead and 200 wounded, religious leaders hastened to dampen the religious passions they threatened to provoke. In several cases Shiite neighborhoods had been targeted. A taped tirade ascribed to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the Jordanian terrorist and leader of Monotheism and Holy War (sometimes called "al-Qaeda in Mesopotamia") surfaced on Aljazeera. Whoever was speaking announced a "total war" on "the Shiites, who reject [the caliphs], wherever they are found!" He urged the Sunnis to wake up and realize that the war on them will never stop, and said the bombings were part of a "blood feud" in revenge for the assault on the largely Sunni city of Tal Afar in northern Iraq by Kurdish and US troops.

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld should be impeached and then arrested.

ATTENTION CONGRESSIONAL DEMOCRATS. We know you know in your heart that what Bush, Cheney and Rumsfeld have done with Iraq far exceeds the moral AND legal test for impeachment and shows them to be a clear and present danger to the United States of America. You must stand up and say so.

You have a duty to the American people, yourself and humanity to GO TO THE MAT for bi-partisan, well funded and transparent congressional investigations leading to impeachment. Shut down the governments business if that's what you have to do to move this forward and pound it into the American mind. Use whatever guerilla parliamentary procedure available to you. Say and do nothing else until the GOP agrees to investigate what any sane and just mind considers horrific crimes. No legislation, no issue, no job, nothing you can personally gain or lose is more important (or potentially politically effective) than this effort. Nothing is more important than cutting this cancer from our government. Our safety, perhaps even our very survival depends on it.

Mountains of evidence make clear these people have behaved in ways that make them war criminals and traitors. You must stop them before they take us to war again, before they sell out our national security again, before they destabilize the world to the point of no return. It is your right and your duty. Only you and your fellow elected congressional Democrats can get this done. This is why the people elected you.

Stand shoulder to shoulder, stand tall. Walk down the hall, grab your fellow elected Democrats by the collar, walk out onto the steps, and start saying what you believe. Say it loud, say it together and say it all the time, and you will drag the media and the American mind along. They have committed impeachable offences, they are destroying our national security and our good name, and they are profiting greatly from it. They must be held to account before we follow ancient Rome into the ashes of history.

I PROMISE YOU, in the end, not only will you know you've done the right thing, but you'll come out on top POLITICALLY as well. The American people will come to know traitors and criminals in their midst if you show them often enough what they look like. And in the end, they will be grateful. America needs leaders again. America needs heroes. Will you step up?

Senator Rockefeller, if you let Pat Roberts go back on his word to investigate the administrations use of intelligence, history will hunt you down and punish you in the same breath as those who have committed these despicable acts. Where are you? What could be more important than ensuring our leaders don’t twist intelligence to make fraudulent cases for war? As a member of the United States Senate you have the power to make sure this goes forward. You will have to put it on the line to be sure, but this is the right thing to do. Senator, we beg you, live up to your name. Stand tall in important ways.

Congressmen Waxman, Conyers, Lee, Rangel, thank you for all your letters, requests, complaints to the administration and the GOP leadership. You have done far more than most. You have shown you know right from wrong, that you have a heart, and you retain most of your humanity. But all that and a buck will buy America a cup of coffee. You have said many words that needed to be spoken. But it is clear we need different words now. We need words like IMPEACHEMENT and ARREST. Words like TREASON and HIGH CRIMES. Words like WAR PROFITEERING and CORRUPTION.

We, the American people, need to hear from you how the conservatives SOLD OUT THE SECURITY OF OUR COUNTRY, OF OUR CHILDREN AND OUR LOVED ONES in order to try and COVER UP THEIR FRAUDLENT CASE FOR WAR. They LIED to bring this nation to war. We need to hear these words from you and your fellow congressional Democrats EVERY DAY.

These are simple concepts and the evidence is clear. Once you push these words and ideas into the American mind the game will be over. In fact, you have the chance to crush the Republican Party. With this war and the way in which we were driven to it you have the great weight of the truth. Avail yourselves of it often enough and you will crush the conservative movement.

It is clear the intransigence of this administration and the GOP leadership knows no bounds. They won’t budge until the American people demand it. The way to make that happen is for you and your fellow Democrats to shut-it-all-down, by whatever means necessary, until the evidence and consequences of their crimes are detailed in congressional investigations and front and center in our media culture. Your action will force Joe Sixpack to come to a conclusion about what you are saying. The cold, hard reality of the evidence and a few GOP rats fleeing the ship to avoid the rising water will take care of the rest.

You owe your constituents and humanity a course of action that is effective. Time is short. The situation is dire. Our rate of decay is exponential. We’re losing entire cities at a time. Impeachment was designed to save the nation from just this kind of leadership. It’s time for you to get out there and speak truth to power.

Now is your time. Write a chapter of great American history or forever be damned to the footnotes in another tale of empire gone by. America as we know it depends on your actions in the next weeks and months. History has an especially keen eye on these days. May it hold you in high regard. God speed…

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