A Plan for Peace

March 23, 2008

We’ve now entered the sixth year of the war in Iraq. Last week groups of Americans gathered in communities throughout country in reflection, as well as protest, with a longing for peace. Molly posted this picture of the vigil she and her husband attended in a nearby town. The local paper had this article about a protest a few miles away.

On the same day there was also a notice regarding the deaths of two soldiers who died in Baghdad as the result of an explosive device that detonated near their vehicle. They were Staff Sgt. Michael D. Elledge from Brownsburg, Indiana and Cpl. Christopher C. Simpson from of Hampton, Virginia. Yesterday it was reported that another four men have lost their lives.

Earlier this month more than 3,000 Indiana National Guard soldiers, members of the 76th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, left Fort Stewart, Georgia and are now stationed in Kuwait. Jim Foley is posting his diary as a journalist embedded with this group in Iraq on the blog IN-iraq.

In the mean time, President Bush encapsulated the war as noble, necessary and just. All the while, Vice President Cheney lets us know that the thoughts of two thirds of the country don’t count. So?

And finally, this week a group of ten Democratic House challengers have unveiled a plan for the end to the war. The list of endorsees continues to grow. The Executive Summary begins with this:

The United States invaded Iraq in March 2003. Since then, nearly 4,000 American troops have lost their lives and nearly thirty thousand more have suffered serious injuries, while as many as a million Iraqis may be dead. The financial costs of the war to the U.S. economy will ultimately exceed $3 trillion. More than a year ago, the American public demanded a new direction in Iraq by electing a new Congress, and the bipartisan Iraq Study Group (the Baker-Hamilton Commission) presented a set of recommendations for just such a new direction. President Bush rejected the majority of those recommendations and proceeded – largely unchecked by Congress – on a course explicitly contrary to them.

Since that time, the current administration and its congressional allies have continued to use shifting rationales for extending our military involvement in Iraq with no end in sight. The American public has been presented with a set of false choices: a semi-permanent military occupation of Iraq versus a precipitous and destabilizing withdrawal. There is a deepening public desire for a new path forward and a cohesive military, diplomatic, and economic strategy that will end the war in Iraq while protecting American interests.

The objectives include:

  1. End U.S. Military Action in Iraq
  2. Use U.S. diplomatic power
  3. Address humanitarian concerns
  4. Restore our Constitution
  5. Restore our military
  6. Restore independence to the media
  7. Create a new, U.S.-centered energy policy

The full text of the plan can be found here:
A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq

I’d sure like to give it a try.

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4 Responses to “A Plan for Peace”

  1. Molly Says:

    I would like to give it a try too. No matter what the out-of-touch president and vice-president say, what we are doing in Iraq is not working. Additionally, the unjust war has cost lives and has damaged our economy.

  2. Willowtree Says:

    Sending National Guardsmen to foreign countries is a crime (or it should be!) it may not be a war crime but it’s definitely fraud, as I’m sure it doens’t say that you could be sent overseas in the contract!

    I was watching David Frost, a well know British interviewer being interviewed himself some time ago, and he was asked about all the dangerous people he had interviewed (these included Gadafi, Bin Laden, Khomeni and an number of death row inmates). He was asked if he was ever nervous, or if he felt he was in danger interviewing dangerous men, to which he replied “It’s really quite amazing, I’ve only ever once felt that I was in the presence of true evil, and that was when I interviewed Dick Cheney”.

    My jaw dropped when I heard that.

  3. dilling Says:

    it is about time now, isn’t it?

  4. daddy d Says:

    Something needs to be done. We are not helping anyone else or our selves.


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