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Thursday, July 19, 2007

Popular Progressive: What is Wrong With Congress?

Excerpted from this post at Popular Progressive

With the 52-47 vote the other day in the Senate to stop the filibuster
by Republicans on the war, we have got to ask ourselves what can be
done to let those members of Congress know that we will hold them
accountable on election day. It is clear that they are unable to see
that many voters were serious last year about ending this war. Anyone
who has been paying attention realizes that there is no good way for
us to extricate ourselves. The truth is, there will likely be more
bloodshed when we leave, because Iraq, largely due to our actions, is
and will be in a civil war. Our exit strategy needs to include
international or regional humanitarian aid for Iraq. Many Iraqis are
likely to seek asylum and we should do everything in our power to
address that need. Beyond that, some of our troops need to be
redeployed in Afghanistan with the international coalition that is
still there to finish the mission (Remember Osama Bin Laden?) there
and the rest, to come home. We are past the idea of "cutting and
running"--we need to cut our losses and make it possible for Iraq to
stabilize itself.


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