Military Families React to Iraq Supplemental Bill
We did a show about the details of and politics behind this bill on Wednesday. Listen here.
“What we have just witnessed is a true failure of leadership. People across this nation voted in November for an end to the war, not for Congress to provide President Bush with the funds to continue it. Our loved ones were first betrayed when they were sent off to fight a war based on lies. The U.S. House of Representatives has betrayed them one again by abandoning them to this unjustifiable war.”
-Nancy Lessin, a co-founder of Military Families Speak Out, whose step-son served with the Marines in Iraq in spring, 2003
“The House leadership apparently thinks that 1,500 more U.S. troops and countless Iraqi children, women and men are expendable because that is the price of this bill that will extend the war until the end of August, 2008 and beyond. Congress has passed a bill that is rich in rhetoric about strict readiness requirements and a firm troop withdrawal deadline, but that allows President Bush to waive those readiness requirements and to keep tens of thousands of troops in Iraq beyond the already unacceptable ‘deadline’ of August, 2008. This bill reads more like a 2008 election strategy, than a serious effort by the House leadership to bring the war to an end.”
-Charley Richardson, also a co-founder of Military Families Speak Out