Wednesday, June 01, 2005

NOW Signs On To Letter Calling for Iraq Withdrawal Plan

Molly noticed (though I had missed it while hurrying) that NOW was left out of the headline of the second post Wednesday morning. Many times something gets left out due to rushing on my part and this was one of those cases. (It's also true that in the Democracy Now! posts, for instance, many things are left out because there's just not enough space to note everything.)

This was my error and thanks to Molly for catching it. To make up for it, we'll note it in its own entry:

NOW Signs On To Letter Calling for Iraq Withdrawal Plan

This letter refers to an amendment introduced by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Calif., and ultimately rejected by the House of Representatives.
May 25, 2005
Dear Member of Congress:
We urge you to vote for the Woolsey sense of the Congress amendment that asks President Bush to develop a plan as soon as practicable to withdraw American troops from Iraq.
Debate over the future of the American intervention into Iraq is overdue in Congress. After more than two years of fighting, the authorization of more than $200 billion to fight the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, over 1,600 American deaths and 12,000 wounded, and many more Iraqi casualties, this country needs a dialogue on the future American policy towards Iraq.
The Woolsey amendment provides no deadlines and no timeframe. It simply calls for the President to submit a plan to Congress on the withdrawal of American forces. This amendment is consistent with the stated policy of President Bush not to stay in Iraq indefinitely. On April 13, 2004, he stated "As a proud and independent people, Iraqis do not support an indefinite occupation and neither does America."
This amendment is being offered in the context of declining public support for the war. As USA Today reported on May 3, 2005, "Support for the decision to go to war in Iraq has fallen to its lowest level since the campaign began in March 2003 . . . 41% say the war was worth it; 57% say it wasn't."

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