Wednesday, March 23, 2005

Bush-Cheney 2004==Draft 2005

Today-from Yahoo--1--Army Orders Further Involuntary Troop Call-Up:
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Army is ordering more people to serve in Iraq (news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites) involuntarily from a seldom-used personnel pool as part of a mobilization that began last summer.
They are part of the Army's Individual Ready Reserve, made up of soldiers who have completed their volunteer active-duty service commitment but remain eligible to be called back into uniform for years after returning to civilian life.
The Army, straining to maintain troop levels in Iraq, last June said it would summon more than 5,600 people on the IRR in an effort to have about 4,400 soldiers fit for duty in Iraq and Afghanistan after granting exemption requests for medical reasons and other hardships.

----2------Army Likely Won't Meet Recruiting Goals
WASHINGTON - The Army expects to miss its recruiting goals this month and next and is working on a revised sales pitch appealing to the patriotism of parents, Army Secretary Francis J. Harvey said Wednesday.
Whether that boosts enlistment numbers or not, Harvey said he sees no chance of a military draft.
"The `D' word is the farthest thing from my mind," the former defense company executive told a Pentagon (
news - web sites) news conference, his first since becoming the Army's top civilian official last November.
Because of the military manpower strains caused by simultaneous wars in Iraq (
news - web sites) and Afghanistan (news - web sites), some in Congress have raised the possibility of re-instituting the draft, although there is a strong consensus against it among Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld and the military chiefs.
How Many More?
The BBC shows the picture of American coffins that American News channels won't report
Also from the BBC---The Coaliton is slowly collapsing...

Please sign the petition in the post below, in order to make the US formulate an exit strategy for the Iraq quagmire. The initial logic for invading Iraq was their possession of WMD's. They did not exist. The only reason to stay there now is to control their oil reserves. Do you live in one of these Senator's districts? Let them know that you want us out of Iraq.

Call for Withdrawal from Iraq!We need a way out of the quagmire.
Congress has scarcely debated the war in Iraq or its aftermath since Congress voted to authorize the use of force against Iraq in October 2002. Urge your Senators to demand an exit strategy from Iraq. Since that ill-advised Congressional vote, there have been more than 1,500 American soldiers killed, over $200 billion appropriated to pay for the war, Bush Administration lies to justify the invasion have been exposed, and countless disastrous mistakes in managing post-war Iraq have led to a string of prisoner abuse scandals, well-armed insurgents and continued estrangement from allies with whom we need to work to fight terrorism and the spread of weapons of mass destruction.

Yet Congress has remained silent on the war, refusing to debate its conduct or how to exit the country. Republicans choose not to challenge their President; Democrats are nervous about national security issues in the wake of three straight election defeats and are reluctant to speak out. It is time for Congress to begin a national debate over the continued war in Iraq and press for answers about how long the American occupation will continue. On April 6, the Senate Appropriations Committee will begin consideration of the $82 billion Supplemental Appropriations bill to pay for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. We expect the same bill to be considered on the Senate floor soon thereafter.

We need a Senator to offer an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations bill that does the following:

• States a clear American policy that U.S. troops should return home as soon as possible;

• Demands the President provide an exit strategy;

• Pledges that the United States will not maintain permanent military bases in Iraq.

The following Senators, who have been vocal in their criticism of the war, should be encouraged to offer an amendment to the Supplemental Appropriations bill embodying these three principles: Senator Edward Kennedy (D-Massachusetts) Senator Robert Byrd (D-West Virginia) Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vermont) Senator Frank Lautenberg (D-New Jersey) Senator Dick Durbin (D-Illinois) Senator Harry Reid (D-Nevada) Please write these Senators and urge them to offer an amendment covering these principles.

once again, here is the petition site


Blogger PaxRomano said...

Once those red state twits realize that their little darlings are possibly fodder for the war machine, this mess in Iraq will be wrapped up in not time! Mark my words!

9:15 PM  
Blogger Medbh said...

I heard one of the Iraq Vets Against the War say the same thing. He seemed so disheartened by that fact. The fact that other people's children don't matter--they can die, have thier limbs blown off, and someone will just go on watching an eagles games--but if it is their child, that's another story. How incredibly self-centered and SUVish...although I don't think that the GWB will pay attention to those folks either..

12:06 AM  

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