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Stay The Course?

Here is what we know so far:

  • There were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
  • Saddam Hussein was not in league with Al-Qaeda.
  • Saddam Hussein had nothing to do with the attacks on this country on September 11th.
  • An estimated 655,000 Iraqis have died since the 2003 U.S. invasion according to a study published today (10/11/06) in the Lancet medical journal - a figure accounting for roughly 2.5% of the population.*
  • 2,751 Americans have died and between 20,000 - 48,100 have been wounded.
  • Nearly one in five soldiers leaving the military after serving in Iraq and Afghanistan has been at least partly disabled as a result of service, according to documents from the Department of Veterans Affairs.
  • Monetary Cost: $331 billion dollars so far and currently running over one hundred thousand dollars per minute.
  • And …

  • MSNBC Breaking News: A.P.: U.S. Army making plans to keep current Iraq troop level through 2010.
  • The Bush Administration's reasons for leading our country into this pre-emptive war were wrong. The results have been catastrophic. We are told that we must "Stay The Course" as the situation on the ground continues to deteriorate. An unprecedented number of retired generals -- many of whom have been on the ground in Iraq -- agree that the Bush Administration had the wrong strategy in Iraq since the very beginning.

    To "Stay The Course" means that what hasn't worked so far … will continue not to work in the future.

    That's crazy.

    I don't think that's a partisan observation. Because it was Benjamin Franklin who said:

    The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results.

    The overwhelming majority of Americans want a new direction in Iraq, but this administration is laying plans to keep the same failed course no matter what the people want.

    I also don't think it's a partisan observation to say that you shouldn't trust the solution to a problem to the people who caused the problem.

    In the "Real World" those people get fired and replaced.

    The mid-term elections will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2006.

    We have an opportunity to get rid of some of the politicians who support this continuing nightmare, and elect people who will hold this administration accountable and force a new strategy in Iraq. Winning this election will bring real change in Iraq, because we all know that continuing to follow a failed policy doesn't work.

    I know all too well that holding your nose and voting for a Democrat instead of a Republican is pretty hard to do. But … Just read the table below. Hundreds of thousands dead, tens of thousands wounded, hundreds of billions of dollars wasted, on a preemptive war based on reasons that didn't exist.

    Please vote for a change of course on November 7th.

    Support our troops - Get them out of there - Bring them home.

    Estimated Iraqi deaths as a result of the US-led invasion: 655,000.

    American Deaths
    3,240

    American Wounded

    Official

    Estimated

    24,042

    23,000-100,000

    Cost of the War in Iraq
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    *The survey was conducted by researchers at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Al Mustansiriya University in Baghdad. Funding for the study was provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the Johns Hopkins Center for Refugee and Disaster Response. The mortality survey used well-established and scientifically proven methods for measuring mortality and disease in populations. These same survey methods were used to measure mortality during conflicts in the Congo, Kosovo, Sudan and other regions. Both the 2004 and 2006 studies used a randomized, household-cluster survey method that is a standard tool of epidemiology and is routinely used by the U.S. government and other agencies.

    For an eye-opening exposé of the war profiteering companies raking in billions of dollars from the war, click here to go to the "Iraq For Sale" documentary website.



     
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