December 2005 Postcard

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As the “PlameGate” scandal unfolds, it is more apparent than ever that the White House has lied to Americans and the world about the reasons for invading Iraq. This lie has cost the lives not only of more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers, but of aid workers, diplomats and journalists, and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians. We urge you to support the investigation into the web of lies spun by the White House, to set a clear and proximate date to end the occupation of Iraq, and devise a just plan to help the Iraqi people rebuild their shattered country.

Please support Senate legislation similar to that introduced by Rep. James McGovern (D-MA), calling for an end to all funding for the deployment of U.S. troops in Iraq. His bill will allow Defense Department funds to be used only to provide for the safe and orderly withdrawal of U.S. troops or to help Iraqi security forces or international forces.

altA U.S. soldier on patrol in southern Baghdad Oct. 22 peers around a doorway to see an Iraqi girl standing in the entrance of her home. (AFP Photo/David Furst-Str)

The current administration has lost the confidence of the American people. The investigation into the “outing” of CIA agent Valerie Plame has demonstrated what the world already knew: intelligence was fixed around ideologically based policy, and there was and is no justification for the invasion and occupation of Iraq. This administration’s reckless abandonment of the rule of law has needlessly destabilized the world and caused the deaths of tens of thousands of people.

The United States has a responsibility to rectify these serious mistakes. It’s time to end the occupation of Iraq so that Iraqis can rebuild their country.

Bring our troops home. Get them off the streets of Baghdad and onto the streets of New Orleans to help residents rebuild. We need our soldiers here at home.