Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Iraqi lawmakers demand US withdraw troops

Democracy Now is the best hour of news on the radio, hands down. These are their Iraq headlines yesterday. The most dramatic is the call by Iraqi lawmakers for the US to pull out our troops.

Polls of Iraqis, including one done by the Bush appointed Coalition Provisional Authority show that the overwhelming majority in Iraq view us as occupiers not liberators and want us to leave.

If we are trying to teach them democracy, we should respect their position.

New Poll: Americans Against Iraq War

Meanwhile, the latest CNN/USA Today/Gallup poll shows that nearly six in 10 Americans oppose the war in Iraq and a growing number of them are dissatisfied with the war on terrorism. The poll was released yesterday and shows that support for the war has fallen significantly since March and is hovering at about 40 percent.

Hagel Blasts Bush on Iraq

Republican Senator Chuck Hagel has amplified his criticism of the Bush administration's policy in Iraq. In this week's U.S. News & World Report, the Nebraska Senator said "The reality is that we're losing in Iraq." Continuing, he said "Things aren't getting better; they're getting worse," adding: "The White House is completely disconnected from reality. It's like they're just making it up as they go along." Hagel has criticized the administraton's handling of the war before, but his talk of "losing in Iraq" represents his harshest assessment yet. His comments come after Vice President Dick Cheney declared that the world is seeing the "last throes" of the resistance in Iraq.

'Out of Iraq Caucus' Formed in Congress

Meanwhile, a group of 50 progressive Congressmembers has formed a new group called The Out of Iraq Congressional Caucus. They say its mission is to try to increase pressure on the Bush administration and Congress to end the Iraq conflict and bring US forces home.

82 Iraqi Lawmakers Call for US to Leave Iraq

This comes as eighty-two members of the Iraqi parliament have sent a letter to the speaker of the house demanding that the United States withdraw its troops from Iraq. Some of the leaders of this movement come from the United Iraqi Alliance, the coalition of religious Shiite parties that has a majority of the 275 seats.

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