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Dems conning Anti-War movement for political gain

Greens condemn Democratic resolution for U.S. troop withdrawal by 2008, calling it a phony antiwar posture to give Democrats an advantage in 2008

• If Democrats (including MoveOn) really oppose the war, they should demand a cutoff of war funding and the immediate return of all U.S. troops, say Greens.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Green Party leaders strongly criticized a proposed Democratic resolution in the U.S. calling for withdrawal by September 2008, and demanded that Congress take action to end the U.S. occupation of Iraq with legislation that would effect an immediate withdrawal.

The Green Party of the United States has opposed the U.S. war on Iraq since late 2002, when President Bush announced plans for an invasion, and has called for impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney for a list of high crimes and misdemeanors, including lying to the American people to justify going to war.

• Cres Vellucci, member of Veterans For Peace, Vietnam War veteran (military information specialist), and press secretary of the Green Party of California: “The Democrats’ resolution is piece of phony and meaningless antiwar posturing.  By proposing a plan that effectively delays the withdrawal of U.S. troops until
September 2008, Democrats are trying to set themselves up as the ‘antiwar party’ in the 2008 election, since it’s obvious that President Bush intends to keep U.S. forces in Iraq throughout 2008 and long after.  If Democratic Party leaders really believe the Iraq War is a disaster — as do the Green Party and most Americans — they should support legislation compelling a rapid withdrawal of U.S. forces and reducing war funding to the amount it takes to bring our troops home safe and sound.”

• Anthony Gronowicz, Ph.D., 2005 Green Party Candidate for Mayor of New York City: “MoveOn.org has limited its support to the bill for delayed withdrawal, and has refused to publicize alternative legislation.  As the war enters its fifth year, Democratic leaders and their supporters in MoveOn are willing to keep American military personnel in Iraq another 18 months.  That means another 18 months of Iraqi civilians, U.S. troops, and U.S. contractors, facing death and injury, so that Democrats can gain a political advantage in the 2008 election.”

• Nan Garrett, co-chair of the Green Party’s National Women’s Caucus: “The fact that Democrats are about to approve another $120 billion for President Bush’s war shows that they’re as ready to indulge the Bush Administration’s imperial designs as they were in October 2002, when many of them voted to surrender Congress’ constitutional war power to the White House.  The result has been mass death and mayhem, destruction of Iraq’s infrastructure and civil society, a brutal civil war, empowerment of repressive theocratic movements in Iraq, and rage against the U.S. around the world, especially in
Muslim nations.  Even worse, if President Bush acts on his threats to attack Iran or Israel launches an assault on Iran with U.S. support, we’ll see a regional war for years to come that’s likely to turn into a global confrontation, possibly nuclear, as Saudi Arabia and other nations are drawn into a wider Sunni-Shiite conflict and powerful countries like Russia and China choose sides.  Congress must act as quickly as possible to head off the Bush-Cheney agenda.  The first step is to end the occupation of Iraq.”

Rebecca Rotzler, co-chair of the Green Party of the United States, Deputy Mayor of New Paltz, New York and a member of the Green Party’s Peace Action Committee (GPAX): “Democratic leaders in Congress are using passage of the ‘hydrocarbon law’ in Iraq as a benchmark for withdrawal of U.S. troops.  The new law would privatize and allow foreign control over Iraqi oil resources, and would subject Iraq to World Bank and IMF structural adjustment policies that impoverish people while enriching corporations.  In other words, Democrats are happy to prolong the war for
the very reasons that President Bush launched it in the first place — profits for U.S. oil
companies, as well as U.S. political and corporate dominance in the region and the
strategic interests of Israel.”

MORE INFORMATION

“Beyond Quagmire: A panel of experts convened by Rolling Stone agree that the war in Iraq is lost. The only question now is: How bad will the coming explosion be?”
By Tim Dickinson, with Zbigniew Brzezinski,
Richard Clarke, Gen. Tony McPeak (retired), et
al., Rolling Stone, March 8, 2007
www.rollingstone.com/politics/story/13710030/leaving_iraq_the_grim_truth

“Dems Aren’t Urgent Enough About Withdrawal”
By John Nichols, The Nation, March 9, 2007
www.thenation.com/blogs/thebeat?pid=173172

“Iraq: Why Won’t MoveOn Move Forward?”
By Sheldon Rampton and John Stauber,
Center for Media and Democracy, March 18, 2007
www.prwatch.org/node/5865

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