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Home » Archives » January 2007 » Cut Funding To Get US Out Of Iraq

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01/12/2007: "Cut Funding To Get US Out Of Iraq"

On Wednesday, Jan. 3, citizens, including three parents of Iraq War veterans, gathered in Representative Rick Larsen's office to express our responsibility as citizens and taxpayers for the war in Iraq. After meeting with staff, we read aloud the names of the 3000 service men and women killed in Iraq, honoring their service and sacrifice. I ask for your consideration of my perspective and your support.

As a citizen of this great country, I studied this war every step of the way. I shared with elected representatives my doubts about the quality of intelligence leading to war, horror and grief about the killing of civilians by air strikes, dismay about counter-productive strategies alienating and inciting violence by Iraqi fighters, and questioned whether arming Iraqi police might lead to even more violence. I offered opinions and information on how to de-escalate conflicts and initiate conflict mediation and resolution while the situation in Iraq is unique, de-escalating conflict and war has been done before.

Meanwhile, tens of thousands of U.S. soldiers have been horribly injured. Infrastructure in Iraq for providing such basic services as water, electricity and security remains devastated. A study by John Hopkins University estimates 654,000 excess Iraqi deaths since March 2003. Iraqis are now suffering with civil war. The cost of this war for San Juan County taxpayers is over $19.5 million our share of the $355 billion. Polls in both countries show majority support for withdrawing U.S. military forces. The only "winners" seem to be corporate military contractors.

Constituents in Rep Larsen's office on Wednesday expressed concerns about the divide in our country between our political and military leadership, and mystification about lack of responsiveness from Democratic Party leaders to constituent concerns. While honoring our soldiers, we also asked for Congress to cut funding for the war and to withdraw U.S. forces. With the new balance of power in Congress, now is the time to call for effective de-escalation of the violence in Iraq. Please call Representative Larsen (202) 225-2605, Senator Cantwell (202) 224-3441, and Senator Murray (202) 224-2621 today.

Rena Patty
San Juan County Democrats,
State Committeewoman

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