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Pelosi's Plan Is to Ask Petraeus How to End the Occupation - THIS IS NOT AN APRIL FOOLS POST
This Email from Nancy Pelosi sounds surprisingly good up until the last line and the absence of any proposal to DO anything:
Counting Down to General Petraeus’ Visit to Capitol Hill
Next week, General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker will testify before Congress about the Iraq war. As the media has reported, General Petraeus’ intention in his testimony is simply to announce a continuation of the current strategy: maintain at least 140,000 U.S. troops in Iraq indefinitely.
The war in Iraq has not only endangered our troops, weakened our military readiness, and diverted resources from the fight against terrorism in Afghanistan—it has also seriously undermined America’s economy. The war has taken us deeply into debt, and this week Chairman Ben Bernanke testified that a recession is possible. As Nobel Prize recipient Joseph Stiglitz has said, "The Iraq adventure has seriously weakened the U.S. economy, whose roles go far beyond the loose mortgage lending. You can't spend $3 trillion on a failed war and not feel the pain at home." While the United States faces a recession, our ability to implement a full-scale economic stimulus is hampered by the skyrocketing costs of the war and our national debt.
The American people understand the enormous cost of the war in Iraq and are looking for more than running out the clock until the next president takes office in January 2009. With General Petraeus’ visit to Capitol Hill, we will demand answers on how the war in Iraq is helping us fight the real terrorist threat in Afghanistan, and how we will begin to wind down this war and bring our troops home.