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A New Congressman from Colorado Votes No on War Supplemental, Shames Colleagues With Honesty


Stephanie Westbrook sent this in from her new congressman from Colorado:

Polis Statement on Vote Against 2009 Defense Supplemental
Appropriations Bill

Washington, May 14 - Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) issued the
following statement today on voting against H.R. 2346, the Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009:

Congressman Jared Polis (D-CO) Statement on H.R. 2346, the
Supplemental Appropriations Act of 2009 Thursday, May 5, 2009

The Defense Supplemental funds a number of worthy and important
projects, including international humanitarian assistance for refugees and medical assistance for people suffering from HIV and AIDS. I applaud my colleagues, Chairman Obey in particular, for addressing these priorities.

Unfortunately, the positive aspects of this bill cannot hide its underlying
premise-funding a misguided war in Iraq and Afghanistan-a policy that I
believe must be changed.

At its heart, this bill is about increasing and prolonging US military
involvement in Afghanistan, which I do not support. I recently traveled to
both Iraq and Afghanistan and saw first-hand the very real challenges that
our presence creates. LetĀ“s be clear-President Obama inherited two wars
and I know he is committed to ending both responsibly. I, however, do not
believe there can be a military solution to the conflict and therefore cannot
support this bill.

The occupation of Afghanistan will not help us defeat the very real threat of
Al Qaeda. Although I am especially encouraged by the "diplomatic surge"
and Special ForcesĀ“ efforts to defeat the threat of Al Qaeda, our resources
could be better spent on diplomacy and targeted security operations, rather
than continued occupation. I strongly support President Obama and his
efforts to end our presence in Iraq. I believe that the best way to support
the President is for me to use my vote to help force a discussion about our
strategy and tactics in Afghanistan, and for that reason I am voting no.

We cannot achieve peace through the occupation of an entire country. We
tried and failed in Iraq, and we cannot afford to do so again. We need a
fresh look at our policy in Afghanistan, and this can only come through
open discussion and debate. My action today is not a vote against our
military or a vote against our President, but an urgent call for an exit
strategy for Afghanistan and a plan for peace and security.

Speaking Events

January 10 and 11:
Events in Washington DC to present a petition telling president elect to end wars:
https://act.rootsaction.org/p/dia/action3/common/public/?action_KEY=12501

January 20-21 Occupy the Inauguration
 
January 29 David Swanson speaking in Arlington, Va.
 
February David Swanson debating a war supporter in Boston, Mass.
 
April 21-23 UNAC's annual conference in Richmond, Va.

April 29 possible multi-issue protest in DC.

Find Events Here.

 

 

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