Sunday, August 21, 2005

Four More Years in Iraq? Hagel says 'Get Real! Get Out!

There is a military disaster unfolding in Iraq. The war that was sold to the American people based on lies and fixed intelligence is now threatening the core functionality of the U.S. military. The facts are so compelling that even clear-thinking Republicans are calling for the U.S. to get out.

Democratic Senator Russ Feingold of Wisconsin called for all U.S. troops to be out of Iraq by December 31, 2006. He became the first Democrat to call for a complete U.S. withdrawal.

This weekend, Army General Peter Schoomaker said the Army has begun planning for 2009 and that those plans call for 100,000 U.S. troops in Iraq at the end of the second Bush/Cheney term.

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, appearing on ABC News' "This Week", in effect, asked what Schoomaker was smoking. Here's a quote:
Hagel described the Army contingency plan as "complete folly."

"I don't know where he's going to get these troops," Hagel said. "There won't be any National Guard left ... no Army Reserve left ... there is no way America is going to have 100,000 troops in Iraq, nor should it, in four years."

Hagel added: "It would bog us down, it would further destabilize the Middle East, it would give Iran more influence, it would hurt Israel, it would put our allies over there in Saudi Arabia and Jordan in a terrible position. It won't be four years. We need to be out."
Mission Accomplished?

Well, at least the 256th will be back. But, if Senator Hagel is right about those numbers, how long will it be before they are sent back to Iraq?

1 comment:

bjc said...

Hello, Politically Conscientious Ones:

Sample Letter to Sec.of State
re: Louisiana Voting Machines

I am hoping that a post
to this blog will include
the email addresses that
yahoogroups deletes.
If not, email me for
a copy. Thanks.
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Re: The Secretary of State's selection
of new voting machines.

Please save our state millions of dollars
and save the reliability of our vote.
Two problems stand out.
An open tabulation process, and tangible
evidence of a vote in the form of paper are
both necessary for a credible count of votes.
Ohio, Florida, and California are among
the many states that have found vote
miscounts apparently caused by inadequate
computerized voting machines.
None of the machines currently considered
have a paper trail. Paper is the best way
to track vote counts.
The more computer experts I talk to, the
more problems I hear about the proposed
computerized systems.
The computer professionals are
recommending not electronics for
voting, but instead PAPER.
When the professionals say something
as apparently counter to self-interest
and opposed to expanded computer
reliance, I listen.
I ask you to listen and heed their
warnings, too.

Second, another problem is insufficient
money. The proposed purchase does
not have anywhere enough money to buy
as many of the computerized voting
machines as we already use. Long lines
and confusion can be the only
result.
And where will the money come
from for upkeep of these computers?
Repair could cost, over a few years,
more than the initial purchase.

When any of us sees a product that
costs more than we can afford, and
does not do what it promises to do,
we do not buy it. I ask you to use
the same everyday wisdom.

Very truly yours,
Barbara J. Conner, JD
Lafayette, LA 70505-2216

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