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Rep. Lee Introduces Resolution of Inquiry into Iraq War Planning


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Congresswoman Barbara Lee (Dem., Calif.) has introduced a Resolution of Inquiry in the House of Representatives (H. Res 375) which, if passed, will require the White House and the State Department to "transmit all information relating to communication with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq."

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These are the members of the committee to which the Resolution has been referred. The more members of the full House co-sponsor it, the more likely some committee members are to vote for it.

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Here's an Excel table showing co-sponsors and not-yet-co-sponsors by state.

Other likely and important members to add include:

Members of the Out of Iraq Caucus who have not yet co-sponsored.
Members of the Black Caucus who have not yet co-sponsored.
Members who signed Rep. Conyers' letter to Bush but who have not yet co-sponsored.
Members of the International Relations Committee who have not yet co-sponsored.

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Here is the text of the Resolution:

109TH CONGRESS
1ST SESSION H. RES. 375

Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all information in the possession of the President and the Secretary of State relating to communication
with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq.

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

Ms. LEE submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the
Committee on _________________

RESOLUTION

Requesting the President and directing the Secretary of State to transmit to the House of Representatives not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution all information in the possession of the President and the Secretary of State relating to communication
with officials of the United Kingdom between January 1, 2002, and October 16, 2002, relating to the
policy of the United States with respect to Iraq.

Resolved, That not later than 14 days after the date of the adoption of this resolution—

(1) the President is requested to transmit to the House of Representatives all documents, including telephone and electronic mail records, logs, calendars, minutes, and memos, in the possession of the President relating to communications with officials of the United Kingdom from January 1, 2002, to October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq, including any discussions or communications between the President or other Administration officials and officials of the United Kingdom that occurred before the meeting on July 23, 2002, at 10 Downing Street in London, England, between Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom intelligence officer Richard Dearlove, and other national security officials of the Blair Administration; and

(2) the Secretary of State is directed to transmit to the House of Representatives all documents, including telephone and electronic mail records, logs, calendars, minutes, memos, and records of internal discussions, in the possession of the Secretary relating to communications with officials of the United Kingdom from January 1, 2002, to October 16, 2002, relating to the policy of the United States with respect to Iraq, including any discussions or communications between the Secretary of State or other officials of the Department of State and officials of the United Kingdom that occurred before the meeting on July 23, 2002, at 10 Downing Street in London, England, between Prime Minister Tony Blair of the United Kingdom, United Kingdom intelligence officer Richard Dearlove, and other national security officials of the Blair Administration.

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There is now clear PROOF that Bush knowingly lied to send troops to Iraq. This is by far the worst thig any president could do. It is clearly a High Crime. I support an immediate article of Impeachment to be introduced in the House.

I agree with you totally. To think how upset Americans was when Clinton lied about Monica, and how lightly they take this lie. What's wrong with this picture??????????????? It doesn't matter if you are Republican or Democrat, right is right and wrong is wrong, and all this killing of innocent people is just plain wrong ANY WAY YOU LOOK AT IT!

While there can be little doubt that articles of impeachment involving Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld and Rice should be introduced in the House of Representatives, there is no realistic prospect of that happening so long as there is a Republican majority--not given that party's Leninist-like party discipline. The issue of holding our leaders accountable for their crimes should be a major focus of the 2006 election. If we the people speak, Congress will follow.

President Clinton was impeached for lying about hanky-panky---no one was hurt. President Bush should be impeached for lying about the reason to go to war --where Many were hurt and killed!!

I think that the lies do not realy matter as much as the criminal incompetence shown by this administration in planning to fight this war but not planning HOW to fight it successfully, or how to get out. The State Dept. spent a year in planning for the post-war stage,but its plans were thrown out and the job was given to Rummy. They started a war with an insufficient number of troops, insufficient number of interpreters,insufficient money to restore esential services,a promise of lucrative contracts for US companies instead of Iraqis, thereby ensuring failure of the occupation. No one to safeguard the borders against Al Quaida infiltrators, no one to guard arms dumps, allowing looting and rioting in the streets.
There followed the revelations about the treatment of prisoners in Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo. I do not say it would have been easy, but much of it could have been avoided . Now we are once again up the creek without a paddle.

It is time that Bush and his administration be called to account for their behavior in this war and in the economic gains that they must be getting for themselves and their cronies. Please hold them accountable. People who have done much less than get us into a preemptive war based on information that has turned out to not be true have been held accountable for silly behavior. This is a life and death matter for troops, our economy, and our standing in the world.

Ann Drake

From North Carolina, both Dole and Burr support whatever Bush says[if he said the moon was made of green cheese and grape kool-aid, they would swear it was the truth] Burr even swears he was on a committee that found "evidence" of WMD's[ apparently no one else saw it.Patrick McHenry[House of Reps] is also a dyed in the wool Bushevic...the three of them will support this war to the end...no matter what the people think. They support the Republican Party, they represent the Republican Party, that is all they represent.They will back his traitorous lies to the end

I am in Nc and Mchenry is my rep. I wrote him about this but unfortunately all I got back was a letter of him praising Bush. His head is so far up Bush's rear he will never see Bush for the evil liar he is!

I agree with you.This man (George W. Bush) is a menace to our country. He is trying to wipe out all freedom of dissent by populating the Supreme Court with far right wing justices who would happily discard our rights in favor of government. This is NOT what the Constitution and our Founding Fathers had in mind, and I hope some of the idiots in Congress realize this.

Get over it. Nobody lied to anyone.

Well, you just DID! You must be blind, deaf and dumb to have not perceived the Bush/Cheney/etc. dedication to lying.

You're joking, of course. What I don't get is why admitting that you WERE fooled by this guy is so threatening to you and those like you.. What does it matter to your life that you admit that the Bush crime family and his cabal are liars? How does that diminish you? Is it worse than giving up a child? Or your civil freedoms? Admitting MY mistakes certainly doesn't diminish me, it makes me stronger and wiser. Properties I look for in a president. Alas...

Well, I congratualte you on joining the ranks of the Idiot American's Club. I think you have been watching too much Fox News. Try listening to Air America, where people are allowed to have their own brains. I hope you NEVER have a loved one have to go to Iraq, and if you do, I hope they come home the same way they went, not in one of Bush's stylish, yet bland, body bags that he has sent so many other children and loved ones home in. Wake up and start thinking for yourself!!!!

Well, I congratualte you on joining the ranks of the Idiot American's Club. I think you have been watching too much Fox News. Try listening to Air America, where people are allowed to have their own brains. I hope you NEVER have a loved one have to go to Iraq, and if you do, I hope they come home the same way they went, not in one of Bush's stylish, yet bland, body bags that he has sent so many other children and loved ones home in. Wake up and start thinking for yourself!!!!

You must be one of the 51% of the blind and ignoant if you seriously don't think that Bush and his boys lied to America. Who told you this? Jimmy Swaggart? The great "I have sinned, but I wouldn't have admitted it had I not been caught"? or Rush "Pimpbag", Mr. Morality who has been married FIVE TIMES? Boy was he spreading HIS morality around!!!

Looking at the EXCEL TABLE (on HR 375 site) showing who is signed up to support HR 375, the first reaction is --WHERE ARE ALL THE DEMOCRATS? It is striking that states with large numbers of democrats show only a few of their number signed up to support this worthy bill to open up an inquiry on how we were all misled into going to war. E.g., Mass with 10 democrats and 3 signed up; Florida with 7 dems and 1 signed up; MD with 6 dems and 1 signed up; PA with 7 dems and 0 signed up, and others. If those hanging back are waiting to see which way the wind blows, they are no more than tin horn politicians in my book (what else can you expect I guess).

52 congress members so far, to their credit, have signed on, including one Republican. There is a long way to go. The Democrats need to at least make a showing--to show some guts and that they are more than tin horn politicians if they want the country's support. Or do they like being in the minority? I've sent letters to my representatives noting the above.

Mike Thompson, D-CA, hasn't responded to my e-mail request that he cosponsor the Downing Street bill in Congress. It's not surprising. Thompson has done a few good things for the environment, but overall I'd label him a "Republicrat."

In order to get out of Irak, we need the help of the UN and Nato to clean up after US troops leave. No nation will pick up the pieces in Irak, UNLESS Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, Wolfowitz and possibly Rice will be sent to the war crimes tribunal in The Hague on war crimes charges
relating to the invasion of Irak and the torture prisons run by US subsidiaries around the world.

I haven't seen Mell Watt, or Robert Jones names on Co-sponsering Res. 375? Especially Watt a Democrat? Other supposedly NC democrats
seem to be absent as well. Conservative southern Republacrats in NC
have no gutts I guess!

We need to know how much money all the corporations have contributed to the Republican Party. Then we have to boycott all their products. This would not be hard to do if we get the word out and boycotting will work!
How can we get this vital information and get the word out to everyone.?

We need to get people to understand that our USA has been taken over by a bunch of Nazis. The are dismantling all our democratic liberties, giving our hard earned money to the very rich who run the corporations. This is what happened in Nazi Germany and when they get powerful enough, it takes a war to get them out. They almost took over the world. It could happen again.

There is nothing wrong with the USA. It is the people in power in our government who are distroying it.

WAKE UP AMERICA!

Go to buyblue.org. That's exactly what they're all about. But somewhere in the vast web there is probably a buyred.org or something like it. What this actually amounts to is financial civil war.

Stop shopping at WAL-MART! It would only take one or two days of NO customers to send a powerful message.

I agree we need to boycott the huge corporations, and we can take this one step farther. Let's take a look at oil prices. Our gasoline that we depend on to get us to work, take kids to practice, go on vacation, etc., has gotten to the point to where it is straining everyones' budgets. Now, let's look at who own the convenience stores that we buy the gasoline from. Foreigners, from Iraq, Iran, India,and Saudi Arabia have bought out the American owners of these establishments. We get our oil from foreign countries, the same countries that the people who own our convenience stores come from. Do you see where I am going with this? We are giving the total profit made off this gasoline to foreign sources. The same countries that control the prices, and how much output in amount of barrels they can produce. Either way we go, we are being royally screwed by the foreigners. They have us by the balls. So, what can we do about it? We can have a *National Don't Buy Gas Day*, where we will make them take notice that we are tiring of the extravagent prices that are breaking us. If we play our cards right, we could even spread this out over two days. Something has to be done, since the Bush doesn't seem to care how much we are paying. Why should he? He himself is raking in quite a bit of money off oil prices. So, what do you think? Is this a conceivable thing to do? Please inform me with comments.

I am amazed at the hypocracy of our country's leaders...One in particular. We go into a country based on lies and deceptions...no truths...well, let me say, the only truth lies in the fact Bush's only desire was to go after(and destroy) Saddam Hussein. Everything said, including the incredible lies of a past 4 star general, Colin Powell. Nothing was even confirmed, and all things were simply accepted as truth for the sake of destroying Iraq. The Bush administartion concocked this lie to go into Iraq..and for what? Our young people are dying. This is something that didn't have to happen. The waters of rage and hate has taken over the Land of Islam. Bush and all his cronies said once Iraq has established a Constitution, we will begin the process of removal of troops from their country. However, it is also a matter of teaching The Iraqi military to stand on their own two feet and handle the situations in the country as reported to us by news media today...When will the real time be for the US to remove ourselves from Iraq and allow them to be a sovereign state so they can handle their own issues? My concern, as it stands today, is not simply the United States removing themselves from a country that there is little regard for Americans, but also (here's the biggie in my eyes)what are we doing about oil prices in the Mid-East? Why aren't our politicians saying, "Hey enough is enough." Or something like, "If we can't talk to you with some sort of compromise and get those prices of oil per barrel down to a price acceptable to the world population, how about us pushing the ticket and helping you see a compromise." That's right...we go into a country that cannot defend themselves and by all reports since then was not a threat to the United States (Iraq), but we allow Saudi Arabia simply jack up prices to whatever they want. Then...BIG THEN...our corporate leaders who are the oil people in this country allow the prices of oil to sore if even someone sneezes the wrong way...But oh heck...I forgot...Bush is an oil man and close ties with The Saudis! Why is it that I have this feeling that we (the common folk) are not around the top of the food chain regarding the issues of oil prices? Why is it that our President, Commander and Chief...The leader of the Free World says nothing!!!!! NOTHING!!!! about the soaring oil prices. As I see it, the best way for the Mid east to defeat the Americans is not by war or by battles...but by economics...weakened economics of a once poerful nation. Thank you Mr President for taking our great nation...a country the world population looked at with respect, but looks at us with hate and distain...Thanks for your support for the Common Folk....

Just not buying gas for a day doesn't hurt the oil companies. But I got an email from somebody with what seems like a really clever idea: Stop buying gas from just two companies--Exon and Mobil--altogether. The theory is that they'll be forced to lower their prices, then other companies will, and a price war will be on, in which the consumers win.

buyblue.org will tell you just how much money corporations have spent on which political party. Change your spending habits and tell the companies why you've done it. Together we can all make a difference.

Well, you can begin with boycotting WalMart, and by changing your car insurance to Progressive: the former is a BIG contributor to the GOP, the latter to the Dems ... but if you want good guidance as to where to spend your money,best bet I've found is www.buyblue.org They'll tell you who supports the Democratic party with their campaign money, and who supports the GOP. Buy Blue is actively seeking folks to help them develop LOCAL listings as well, so we can reward socially progressive business people in our own areas as well as national chains.

Although Republican-supplied voting machines covered the real total, we can assume that at least 49% of the voters are Democrats. Do you suppose that a company like WalMart would or could get along without the business of 49% of Americans? We know they would not want to lose as customers, 49% of the American population.

What if we coordinate so that due to WalMart's low salaries, lack of employee-affordable health insurance, and resistance to unions, we don't shop at WalMart on Saturdays; or maybe we don't shop there during the month of November, or maybe not at all effective October 1? Could we have an impact? Could we scare them into reconsidering their obligations to their employees? This same strategy could apply to companies such as Exon, Diebold, and many other companies listed on "buyblue.org" that depend on our dollars.

Could a large organization such as the Democratic National Committee, or maybe Moveon.org coordinate such an effort? If we could be coordinated, nationwide, we could be effective!

I currently receive email requests each week from at least 20 different organizations for signatures on petitions, letters to our government representatives, and requests for donations to various organizations supporting very worthy causes. What if all 20 united and instead of each seeking support for it's own cause, they all focused on gaining the power to elect a President who would support all of their causes. (Wow, sounds like Democracy!)

I think big business is controlling our government and in order to regain control for the welfare of THE PEOPLE, we have to use our power which separately is not effective, but united would be powerful.

If we are going to take back this country from big business, we have to speak their language. Money. All we need is an organizaton who will coordinate us, the 49% (or more) who are not one of the chickens who voted for Colonel Sanders.

You are right on the money. Bush is trying to bankrupt America, so the middle class looses everything and becomes indebted to those holding the mortgages, land, etc. It is a world plan and he is only the puppet leading us down the primrose path like lemmings.

Check our www.mathewbooks.com This material tells it how it is.

Impeach Bush, return American Democracy and freedom and allow the rest of us to get on with sorting our own problems. Muslims are not the only people who hate America today. So do most people from every faith and almost every country these days. This incredible claim is true and it has mainly been achieved in the last five years. Most of us thought you were allright if a bit irritating and not even a conservative country like Australia thought much less of Clinton for his relatively minor misdemeanors. WACO sucked though, we began to get suspicious about then. We considered questions about WACO for example of far more importance than a "presidential blowjob". It is this inverted sense of priorities unique to America which has always been of concern and has been abused to the utmost of late.

Rabbit suggests in all seriousness that those who actively support the most farcical yet frightening American administration in history should not be allowed to scuttle away and pretend they did otherwise when the bell tolls for their insanity and it will. Make lists of all the Bush supporters you know. Perhaps the idea of "Freedom Tattoos would catch on if Condi or Bush spouted it, encourage them to get tattoo's declaring their love for Bushism. We want to be able to hold these people responsible when the time comes, if you want to ensure you have a chance at excising the cancer and not just an ugly little growth like Bush, then you must remove those who supported him.

Bush has done the world a favour. There have been stupid, irrational, greedy, cowards around causing havoc with all our lives for ages. The only kind of people who can support Bush and his "ideas" at this stage are amongst this group. Let us mark them well for when the tide turns they will be much harder to spot, I guarantee it.

I just wrote my Congressman Tom Udall asking him to sign 375, fortunately he supported the Conyers petition. I empathize with those in republican serfdoms, I don't know if I could stand it..

The Conyers petition is not forgotten. I am still waiting for, and expecting accountability from Bush on this fiasco in Iraq. His rich daddy is not going to bail him out of this failure.

We must continue to hold Bush accountable for lies on The War In Iraq. He continues to lie about the false connection between Osama Bin Laden and Saddam Hussein.

this war is founded on lies and the buck stops at the top

Yesterday I wrote to Congressman John Salazar urging his support of HR 375. Everyone who has not done so should send an email to their Congressman/woman. They need to know our views if they are to represent us effectively.

Unfortunately, my congressman is Jon Porter. Writing to him is an exercise in futility. He accepted money from Tom DeLay for his last campaign & must do what DeLay tells him to. It's like a Punch & Judy show.

President Bush came to Idaho last week. He again, in August of 2005, tied what we are doing in Iraq to what happened on 9-11-01. He did it five times in the one speech here. It is maddening how the masses of people are fed this lie STILL. His speech was all about how we are fighting terrorism, but he neglects to mention the billions of dollars for his corporate interests! He neglects to mention that MORE, not LESS, people hate Americans now, than before he lied, bombed and set up his personal cash-cows. Someone needs to hold this man accountable.

Bush is the biggest coward and terrorist to come down the pike in a long, long time. It's time for his impeachment and the impeachment of Dick Cheney, two of the most evil SOB's ever!

After the impeachment, a public hanging should take place.

After the impeachment, I believe Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, etc. should be tried by the U.N. for their part in the destruction of Iraq,the horrifying number of deaths caused by this unjustified action & the brutal prison camps all over the globe.
They could hold the trials at the same time as the trial of Saddam Hussein. When we tire of one, we could just switch to the other.

Accountability is something the Administration has no desire for, will never stand for, and
most likely will never happen, regardless of the desires of the American people. The protections placed upon the Presidency will protect him beyond his stupendously damaging decisions, stumbling speech, "idiotic" quirky smirk that drives me crazy with its insincerity, and his body language that leaves the person in the know shaking his/her head in disbelief at the way in which he has bamboozled the American populace.
It is time for a change! It was time for a change between the time he accepted his first presidency and the time he first took office.

STEP DOWN BUSH. THE PEOPLE DEMAND IT. WISE UP!! WAR IS NOT WORKING!! THE WAR ON TERROR? THE TERRORISTS WON THE DAY YOU STARTED IT!!!!!

Bush came to Idaho (my home) because Idaho is the most Republican state in the union, per capita, and his simpering adoring fans made him look good in all photo ops etc., at a time when he'd be crazy to visit very many other places. Hell, last year the mayor of our 2nd largest city, Nampa, spent tax dollars to bring in Ollie North to speak at a "freedom rally". Now let me think....was Ollie pardoned, or is he still a felon???? It sure ain't easy being a 4th generation Idaho liberal among all these stump-broke conservative sheep.

So, first I left a message (after hours) on the Washington office voicemail after Leach signed on, telling MY rep that it was time for him to "fish or cut bait" (I really meant Sh#t or get off the pot, but I was being "polite"). No response, of course, though I left my #.

I called again on Friday and got the news that the Congressman couldn't sign on (though he probably would) because he was "on a camping trip." I said that I couldn't imagine he was out of touch with his office, and then the story morphed to "the legislative aid for foreign affairs is in Kenya" and that's why he hadn't been briefed.

So, I guess for at least the representative of the Oregon 3rd, all business of state must stop for "summer vacation."

I'm already thinking that this is somebody who has spent too long in Washington and doesn't understand how FAST we want things to move on the blogosphere, and not just because we are "instant-gratification oriented" but because we understand "heat" and "buzz" and how quickly it can dissipate if not built upon.

The weapons that the neo-cons will use to kill our momentum at every opportunity are inertia and the willingness of our own representatives (at this time, The Democratic Party, for better or worse) to give in, quiet down, and slow the pace.

I guess we will see what happens when September 24-26 comes around and the congress is back in session. Maybe the Dems will have found their SPINES (and BALLS) during their vacation.

Charlie L
Portland, OR
CLL2001@gmail.com

...the person who answered the phone DID imply that he WAS going to EVENTUALLY sign on.

Charlie L

I am surprised that Blumenauer has been so slow to co-sponsor 375 especially considering he sits on the Foreign Intelligence Comittee with Rep. Barbara Lee where the Resolution is waiting for a vote.

I have been in regular contact with my Congressman's (Baird, WA-03) office by phone and email since the DSM house parties. I have also had the opportunity to talk to him personally when he makes guest appearances on Thom Hartmann's local morning show on KPOJ in Portland. Nobody in Baird's office knew about the Resolution before I brought it to their attention and Baird also was not aware of it before my call to him on Hartmann's show on August 5. I called him again on Hartmann on August 31 and Baird basically tabled the issue until Congress was back for recess. I made sure that his office recognizes that over a quarter of the 60 co-sponsors signed on during the August recess so Baird's excuse did not hold much water with me.

I hope this will get attention quickly next week with Congress' return from recess but with all of the attention understandably on New Orleans right now it is hard to be optimistic.

I just called Congressman Doc Hasting's local office in Pasco, WA and left a message (that will be faxed to him in DC) asking him why he hasn't co-sponsored HR 375. I also told him that the American people deserve to know the truth behind the Downing Street Memo.

Hastings is a Republican puppet and commonly writes letters to me telling me that he disagrees with me. Recently he's started including comments in the letters that the majority of his constituents disagree with me. Since this area of WA is saturated with red, I partly believe him. Last election, the Libertarian Party asked me so many times to run against Hastings that I finally agreed. In the week that all candidates needed to be registered, the LP decided I was too radical for them and allowed Hastings to run unopposed. The Democrats weren't even in the running in that election!

Republicans must be opposed in future elections. The Republican party is so powerful that all other opposition parties should get over themselves and combine forces to get these people out of office. The right is solid while the left is fragmented into multiple parties.

I left a message with the voicemail of Marty Thomas, my Congresswoman Julia Carson's legislative director, asking for an explanation about why Hon. Carson has not signed on as a co-sponsor, but a staff person, Sarah, informed me that Ms. Carson has been involved in similar legislation, and maybe that is why as of yet she has not cosponsored. Will keep you informed.

I am also in Julia Carson's district.
I have faxed letters and called several times and will continue to do so. It's great to see another person from Indy on here.

Hatred for your president and his policies will make the international community and especially private citizens think twice about sending disaster relief for New Orleans. Why?

It is not lost on the rest of the world that those most severely affected in New Orleans are the poor, the sick, the old. And their lives have become even more difficult since the world's biggest disaster moved into the oval office.

Many in the world will feel that if Bush can lie to start a war with Iraq, wasting the lives of so many young Americans, destroying the lives of countless Iraqis, allowing education in your country to become substandard, giving billions in tax breaks to the wealthy, especially his oil company buddies, why should we send money to America while your presidnt wastes billions and is the world's biggest criminal? Osama bin Laden comes far down on the hatred scale worldwide. More people absolutely detest Bush.

On CNN today, Jack Cafferty said the world should now be sending relief to America for New Orleans. I sent him this email:

Sure Jack, I'll write a big cheque to the American Red Cross the minute I hear that your president has removed the global gag rule - you know, the one that sends aid money with strings attached, or denies it altogether when it can't get the UN to change its policies.

AIDS and family planning clinics in Africa have had to close because the gag rule means no condoms for AIDS and family planning, no mention of abortion.

Most Americans probably aren't awre that the EU picked up a $34 million shortfall recently when Bush stiffed the UN on population control funds.

The EU felt it had to make up the US shortfall. That shortfall would have caused an estimated 4700 maternal deaths, 77,000 infant and child deaths, and 800,000 abortions worldwide.

America's solution to AIDS and population control? Abstinence. Abstinence my ass! Most women in the world do not have a choice about having sex. Refusal often means rape or murder.

Last but certainly not least, there is dumbo Bush's refusal to sign onto the Kyoto Accord. He said it would be too expensive, cost too many jobs How much is the war costing? How much will it cost to put all those dispossessed suffering people in New Orleans back on their feet? And it is quite possible that global warming is behind the severity of Katrina. Meanwhile Bush, Bush Pappy and their friends make billions on oil and defence contracts. Maybe Bush could get his American and Saudi oil buddies to cover the cost of New Orleans.

The extreme Christian Right is neither Christian nor right. They represent only 1 in 5 Americans, and they are bankrupting America financially, morally and in the regard of the world.

The people of the world will not donating much relief for New Orleans, I am afraid, not while Bush and his unholy alliance of the purity police and corrupt corporations are in power.

Maggie - Hurrah for you for bravely stating the truth. I gather you're from some other country than the U.S.. I live here, and loathe the monster in the oval office more than you can possibly imagine, as does every THINKING American. I thought over and over this evening while watching the news coverage: Just think what the billions-per-day our utterly despicable government squanders killing people in the Middle East could do if we spent it here at home on our own impoverished people. Many of the dead or stranded in the South stayed simply because they had no car, or gas in their car and no money to get any, let alone money for a motel and meals in some other city. The evil idiot in the White House was voted in by the lowest level of society--the uneducated and the ignorant who are easily swayed and manipulated by lies and by fear tactics. There isn't an intelligent, educated, decent person in this country who isn't horrified by our government. I see little difference between our position, and that of educated, intelligent, decent Germans who watched in horror as Hitler's machine destroyed the country (and for that matter, I see little difference between Bush and Hitler--I think Bush would slaughter Americans just as easily as he slaughters people in other countries if it was profitable for him to do so). What we can do, I have no idea, since our votes no longer count for anything (I have no doubt that Democratic votes were destroyed in many states during the last two elections), and we no long have a voice. We cannot even withhold our taxes, since the majority of Americans work for huge corporations who take out the taxes before giving Americans their paychecks. The U.S. government is a bloated evil that threatens civilization itself, but it is, unfortunately, the greatest power on the planet. If you can figure out how to stop that, well, I wish you'd tell the world.

It is up to all of us on this planet Earth to become responsible and take back the Power that we have unwittingly given to those who hold the power. We can do so much to save ourselves and it begins with "PURE INTENT". IMAGINE Bush out of the Oval Office and it shall be done! We must realize that we have the Power to be anything we desire and to create anything that we desire simply by Projecting what we desire every single day as many times as you wish. The more you PROJECT the more the reality will begin to form until it becomes manifest. As someone famous once said "EVIL ONLY EXISTS WHEN GOOD MEN DO NOTHING" We have all been programmed to believe that we are lesser than.. by Church Officials and clergymen who asked us to look outside of ourselves for the answers instead of looking within.
Jesus said "LOOK WITHIN, There you will find the kingdom of heaven"
Heaven is within us not out in space somewhere! Truth is within and so are our answers. There is only one religion and that is "LOVE"
If everyone practised that we would all be at peace.
We were all given FREE WILL and the right to exercise that free will and that includes Bush and all like him. They are so afraid of love and that is why they instill fear into the hearts of us hoping to feed off that energy of fear which in turn makes them stronger.
If we send them LOVE they will fear us as LOVE is the true power and it will back them into a corner and they will hiss like a snake until they are overcome by the light and that is "LOVE". If we exercise Hatred that is what we will get back. WHEN ONE IS HARMED ALL ARE HARMED,
WHEN ONE IS HEALED ALL ARE HEALED.

and agree on so much stuff > LOVE IS IT !

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