President Obama has proclaimed an end to combat in Iraq. Unfortunately, the end to war that President Obama speaks of will mean 50,000 troops remaining in Iraq, along with 75,000 private military contractors. And, there is more and more talk of U.S. troops remaining much longer. As you can see, the end of the war seems to mean the continuation of it.
The peace movement that you're a vital part of is using this historic moment to keep pushing for a real, complete withdrawal and a reallocation of war dollars to rebuild America and Iraq.
The peace movement is coming together to point out the incomplete truth of the end of the Iraq War. President Obama plans to deliver a substantial speech on Iraq on August 31st, which is why we must act now.
Please take a stand with us to call for a real end to the Iraq War.
- President of the United States
You've said that America's combat mission in Iraq is over, but 50,000 troops and 75,000 military contractors remain in Iraq. It's hard to believe that these formally combat troops will be able to bring peace to Iraq in their continued presence as "advisors," as they are now called.
I'm writing to call upon you to bring a real end to the Iraq War. Please keep your promise to end the war and work to accomplish the following:
-- Withdrawal of all U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq and the closing of all U.S. bases;
-- Reparations to help the Iraqis repair their basic infrastructure and increased funds for the millions of internally and externally displaced Iraqis;
-- Full support for the U.S. troops who suffer from the internal and external wounds of war;
-- Prosecution of those officials responsible for dragging our country into this disaster;
-- Transfer the funds from war into resources to rebuild America, with a focus on green jobs.
The lessons of this disastrous intervention should also act as an impetus for Congress and the administration to end the war in Afghanistan. It’s time to focus on defending ourselves here at home and rebuilding America.
Thank you for working to bring an end to this war.
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