Democrats must oppose Iraq war

Friday, June 22, 2007 | 12:44 a.m. CDT; updated 4:58 a.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Letter sent to Senator McCaskill:

I donated time and money towards your election, and am upset with your votes on Iraq war funding. When I met with you at your office opening, I registered my disapproval of your rejection of the Feingold amendment which set a withdrawal timetable. You have since compounded the problem by giving Bush continued war funding with no withdrawal timetable and meaningless benchmarks which can be waived.

Your surprisingly political statement to me was, “I am right with you on Iraq,” but since we don’t have the votes, nothing will change until a Democratic president is elected.

This issue is not a Democratic versus Republican one. It is a “right versus wrong” issue. U.S. troops have just endured their greatest six-month loss of life during this war. April and May were the first back-to-back months in which more than 100 deaths occurred.

Stars and Stripes has reported a Zogby poll that shows 72 percent of U.S. troops serving in Iraq favor a withdrawal timeline. Of those 72 percent, 29 percent favor immediate withdrawal

144 of the 275 members of Iraq’s parliament have signed a U.S. withdrawal timeline petition. A new World Public Opinion poll shows 70 percent of Iraqis want a withdrawal timeline. 67 percent of Iraqis say that day-to-day security for Iraqi citizens would increase if U.S. troops left.

How can we expect Republican senators to stand up to their party’s president when Democratic senators like you don’t stand up to him?

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