Pretty sad when a US Rep can, but Moveon cannot call for withdrawal from Iraq. Moveon is worse than CONGRESSPEOPLE! If they Dems are just Yugos, then Moveon must be a Land Rover . . .
Get this part:
"They fear if they sign on (to her resolution) that they'll be branded as being against the troops."
That's because over 1 million members is just NOT ENOUGH for Moveon! The important thing is to get the *most* members, not what the actual message is (controlled by US media . . .), or how many are dead in the end. If the majority of Moveon members called for more executions in the US, would the leaders of the org intervene? Apparently not. That would jeopardize their funding.
Suburbs a world away from war
Clayton minister says violence in Iraq fails to stir passions
Joe Garofoli, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, March 18, 2005
It's clear there isn't a lot of support in Washington for the peace movement's major goal, a U.S. withdrawal from Iraq. A resolution demanding an end to the occupation introduced in January by Rep. Lynn Woolsey, D-Petaluma, still has only 28 co-sponsors -- none of them Republicans.
Even MoveOn.org, the Berkeley-birthed online hub that fueled anti-Bush sentiment before the invasion and now boasts 3 million members, has moved on. Critics on the left complain that it is spending too much energy on such issues as Social Security reform and Bush's judicial appointments, and not enough on opposing the occupation.
MoveOn.org Executive Director Eli Pariser told liberal-leaning media critic Norman Solomon recently that the group "is seeing a broad difference of opinion among our members on how quickly the U.S. should get out of Iraq. As a grassroots-directed organization, we won't be taking any opinion which a large portion of our members disagree with."
Solomon wrote that "when a large progressive organization takes the easy way and makes peace with war, the abdication of responsibility creates a vacuum."
Woolsey said, "It would be great if MoveOn.org would start that discussion (about ending the occupation)," because its support could influence her congressional colleagues. "They fear if they sign on (to her resolution) that they'll be branded as being against the troops.
Here's how moveon 'Supports the Troops' :
Existing law in 2003 required soldiers to pay for their own flights home from these three airports. The Hero Miles program was started to provide free round trip tickets donated by the American public to the almost 500 soldiers arriving each day from Iraq on R & R Leave last fall. This public response helped persuade Congress to change the law and beginning January 1, 2004, the Pentagon now pays for these domestic flights for the soldiers.
Operation Hero Miles was signed into law by President Bush on October 28, 2004 as part of the 2005 Defense Appropriations Bill.