<\body> Stories in America: Military Families React to Iraq Supplemental Bill

Friday, March 23, 2007

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


At 3/24/2007 7:56 AM, Anonymous Independent in a Sea of Red & Blue said...

Professor Graeme MacQueen has some very impressive credentials, even by the high standards set here at "Stories in America." He is yet another in a very long line of academics to join a movement that is quickly entering the mainstream, in spite of vigorous efforts to the contrary by that very same mainstream (both left and right). After reading MacQueen's brief biography in the next three paragraphs, please click the "Read his article..." link at the end:

"Graeme MacQueen has recently retired from the Religious Studies Department at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, where he taught for 30 years. His academic specialization is Buddhist Studies, in which he received his doctorate from Harvard University.

"In 1989 Graeme helped found McMaster's Centre for Peace Studies, of which he became director from 1989 until 1996. He was also a founder and co director of the Centre's War and Health programme committee, which has carried out research and activities on behalf of victims of war in several zones of armed conflict (Croatia, Gaza, Sri Lanka, north India, Afghanistan). He remains committed to developing the fruitful connections between health and peace, on the one hand, and spirituality and peace, on the other hand.

"Graeme has been a social activist for years. He was a member of the Alliance for Nonviolent Action and he has at various times chaired the Hamilton Disarmament Coalition, the Board of Directors of Peace Magazine, and the National Coordinating Committee of Peace Brigades International (Canada)."

Read his article...

MacQueen is just one of many professors in a very long list of esteemed professors who are driving the movement and giving it the respectability it deserves. After clicking on the second link, be sure to scroll past the four-paragraph introduction and read each professor's credentials and brief statements.

At 3/27/2007 9:20 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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