Wisconsin Votes and Senator Kerry Speaks out on Iraq!
"... MILWAUKEE -- Sixteen Wisconsin communities Tuesday approved referendums calling for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq, while six others voted against such measures in early returns as voters in 32 communities weighed in on the war.The majority of voters on Tuesday sent Congress a message: "It is time to start bringing the soldiers home!"Senator John Kerry knows that America has spent too many lives and injured too many young American men and women in a task which had a muddled origin, unrealistic goals, and was never related to the 9/11 attack.
Voters in the Milwaukee suburbs of Shorewood and Whitefish Bay, the western city of La Crosse and the northern city of Ladysmith were among those approving a pullout.
Those voting down the measure included the south-central city of Watertown, the northwestern city of Hayward and the Door County villages of Forestville, Sister Bay and Egg Harbor."
Senator Kerry outlined his plan for the removal of soldiers from Iraq.
"We want democracy in Iraq, but Iraqis must want it as much as we do," Kerry wrote in an op-ed article in the New York Times. "Our valiant soldiers can't bring democracy to Iraq if Iraq's leaders are unwilling themselves to make the compromises that democracy requires."Kerry's plan?
As reported in the same article:
"Kerry said the administration should set May 15 as the deadline for forming a government. If the Iraqis miss the deadline, he said, the United States should immediately begin withdrawing forces.And what about a timetable?
"If Iraqis aren't willing to build a unity government in the five months since the [December] election, they're probably not willing to build one at all. The civil war will only get worse and we will have no choice anyway but to leave," Kerry said."
The article continues:
"Even if the Iraqis succeed in putting together a new government, he said, the administration should establish a timeline for withdrawing all combat forces by the end of the year, leaving only those units needed to train an Iraqi security force capable of stabilizing the country. A Kerry adviser said the removal of combat forces would leave about 30,000 U.S. troops on the ground."Not a very radical idea at all.
Just common sense.
It is time to start bringing our soldiers home.
I do not want Americans dying to establish Sharia law in Iraq, with prosecutions of religious minorities like CHRISTIANS who are subject to the death penalty if they have converted from Islam.
I do not want to arm and train unstable regimes in the mideast that eventually turn our training and weapons right onto us.
Do not forget how Osama bin Laden was armed and trained by the United States for another good purpose.
Do not forget how Saddam Hussein was given WMD's by the United States for an equally suspect good purpose.
Let us not do the same darn thing again and again.
Thank you Senator Kerry! And thank you Wisconsin voters for casting your votes for hope and life.
There are those that think that voters shouldn't involve themselves in referendums on policy issues. I for one choose voting any day over the chaos facing citizens in France over proposed labor laws.
America deserves better than just more of the same. America deserves John Kerry in 2008! We've got your back John!