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I have opposed the Iraq War since before it started --when the Bush Administration first began beating the war drums and repeating their mantra, "weapons of mass destruction ". I have no special contacts or inside information, but it didn 't take me very long to discover that the Bush Administration was exaggerating the threat that Iraq posed and falsely linking Saddam Hussein to the attacks of 9/11 and Al Qaida. It is too bad the mainstream media didn 't bother to investigate. We could have avoided a totally unnecessary war.

Now Mr. Bush 's war is two and a half years old, and the mantra has changed to "We can 't leave now ". We 're told over and over that we have to "stay the course ", and Bush tells us we must honor the soldiers he has already sacrificed by sacrificing some more. Using that logic, we would still be fighting in Viet Nam.

The Bush Administration keeps telling us that great progress is being made in Iraq. We are coaxed along from "milestone " to "milestone ", with the promise that it won 't be long before the Iraqis are trained and our troops can start coming home for good.

In a recent radio address, Bush proclaimed that more than 100 Iraqi battalions were operating in Iraq, and said, "Iraqi forces are serving with increasing effectiveness "; but the Senate Armed Services Committee just learned that there are just 86 Iraqi battalions, and only one of those is ready to fight on its own.
"The number of Iraqi army battalions that can fight insurgents without U.S. and coalition help has dropped from three to one, top U.S. generals told Congress yesterday, adding that the security situation in Iraq is too uncertain to predict large-scale American troop withdrawals anytime soon. " --Washington Post, 9/30/05

"What I think the White House does not yet understand -- and some of my colleagues -- the dam has broke on this policy. The longer we stay there, the more similarities (to Vietnam) are going to come together. " --Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE), AP, 8/21/05

"According to the CIA, the US invasion of Iraq has created a terrorist training ground for al Qaeda where no previous terrorists existed. The US is creating more terrorists in Iraq than the rest of the Middle East together. " --Paul Craig Roberts, LewRockwell.com, 10/3/05

"The invasion of Iraq I believe will turn out to be the greatest strategic disaster in U.S. history, " --Retired Army Lt. Gen. William Odom, quoted in the Lowell Sun, 9/30/05

Despite the facts on the ground in Iraq, Bush continues to insist we "stay the course ".
"And to think that we are going to 'stay the course, ' the course is headed over Niagara Falls. I think it's time to change course a little bit, or at least hold somebody responsible for putting you on this course. Because it's been a failure. " --Marine General Anthony Zinni, former Head of Central Command for U.S. Forces in the Middle East, on CBS 's 60 Minutes, 5/21/04

As Mr. Bush 's war goes from bad to worse, more and more Americans are beginning to realize the ugly truth --that The Bush Administration took America into a war based on lies, and it is not worth the price that is being paid.
"When asked how long American troops should remain in Iraq, for example, 52 percent of people interviewed called for an immediate withdrawal, even if that means abandoning President Bush 's goal of restoring stability to that country. " --New York Times, 9/17/05

A War based on lies must be sustained by lies, and the current "big lie " is that The Bush Administration is going to withdraw American troops and allow Iraqis to run their own country and control their oil reserves. It 's not going to happen. The NeoCon plan is to make Iraq their staging area for their takeover of the Middle East and its oil reserves. The Iraqis know this. It is time Americans figured it out.

If American troops are going to leave soon, why are we building permanent bases in Iraq?
"We 're pouring concrete. We 're building little fiefdoms with security, moats, and walls .... Eighty percent of Iraqis will grouse, but they have no political power. We'll stay whether they want us to or not. " --Karen Kwiatkowski, a retired Air Force lieutenant colonel who served in the office of the Secretary of Defense until spring 2003, quoted in Mother Jones, March/April 2005 Issue

"The Chicago Tribune reported in March 2004 that the US was building 14 "enduring" bases in Iraq, and the Washington Post reported in May that US forces would eventually be consolidated into four large, permanent air bases. " --Asia Times Online, 8/6/05

"Ironically, as Congress is ramping up bases in Iraq, it's working on a round of base closures both in the United States and in allied countries across the globe. " --Seattle Post-Intelligencer May 15, 2005

If you are waiting for the Bush Administration to bring the troops home, you are wasting your time. War is their business and empire is their goal. They will continue to sacrifice American lives and borrow money to pursue their war --until they are stopped. Call or write today, and let Congress know it is time to declare victory and bring the troops home.
"The ultimate lesson of Vietnam -- one that is applicable to Iraq -- has been that once Americans declared victory and returned home, the Vietnamese went through the inevitable, sometimes brutal, shakeout that we had merely delayed ....Today, Americans feast on low-cost Vietnamese shrimp and wear inexpensive Vietnamese T-shirts. Two month ago, President Bush welcomed Prime Minister Phan Van Khai to the White House and promised him increased trade and military cooperation. " --Lewis M. Simons, washingtonpost.com, 8/28/05
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Mick Youther is an American citizen, an independent voter, a veteran, a parent, a Christian, a scientist, a writer, and all-around nice guy who has been aroused from a comfortable apathy by the high crimes and misdemeanors of the Bush Administration.

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