Kerry tries e-signatures
John Kerry is a year late and about 100,000 troops short -- but he is pushing a signature petition for "20,000 home over the holidays".
At first, Kerry was asking for 20,000 signatures over 4 days -- but 20,000 signed on within 24 hours. So now --
"We've pledged to gather 20,000 signatures a day in each of the 20 days leading up to Thanksgiving. That's 400,000 signatures and we're almost a quarter of the way there already."
If you are inclined to sign --
Of course, Kerry is true-to-form sitting right on the middle of the fence, talking about withdrawal AND simultneously "undermining the insurgency".
Here's the pitch --
>> Next week, we'll be turning up the heat on Republican leaders in dramatic fashion. We won't let them hide from the truth any longer. The reality is: George W. Bush doesn't have a plan for Iraq. And misleading rhetoric about "staying as long as it takes" will never add up to a plan.
>> To undermine the insurgency, we have to simultaneously pursue both a political settlement and the withdrawal of American combat forces linked to specific, responsible benchmarks.
>> Our call for the withdrawal of 20,000 troops over the holidays is about taking a first critical step. Upon the completion of the December elections, we can bring 20,000 troops home. You can make it happen.
Here's the strategy, as spelled out by Kerry --
>> If George W. Bush refuses to produce a concrete plan for Iraq, then, at the start of 2006, we will demand that Congress acts to take the decision out of his hands. And, if the Republican Congress fails to call the Bush administration to account, we will use the 2006 elections to take the decision out of their hands. We won't stop until we succeed.
So, anti-Dems will not be particularly impressed. Even progressive dems are under-whelmed. Dennis Kucinich is still calling for withdrawal of ALL the troops, plus also calling for withdrawal of all 78,000 National Guard troops currently stationed overseas.
In a speech Wednesday, on the occasion of 2,000 U.S. combat death, Kucinich said --
"Now more than ever, we need to support the troops. Support the troops by bringing them home."
Kucinich website advocates supporting existing initiatives in Congress, including the bipartisan resolution started by Kucinich with Republicans Walter Jones and Ron Paul --
>> The Homeward Bound resolution, H.J. Res. 55, is now backed by 63 House representatives, including five Republicans. The House joint resolution, originally sponsored by two Democrats (Neil Abercrombie and Dennis Kucinich) and two Republicans (Walter Jones and Ron Paul), gained another Republican cosponsor on October 19, Congressman Gregory Meeks of New York's 6th Congressional district. The other Republican consponsors are John Duncan of Tennessee and Wayne Gilchrist of Maryland.
>> You can support our troops by asking your representative to support H.J. Res. 55, urging withdrawal of U.S. Armed Forces from Iraq (Homeward Bound). On its introduction June 16, the resolution was referred to the House International Relations and Armed Services committees.
Well, there you have it, as far as dems go -- the progressives are still saying "Let's get real", Kerry is still trying to navigate the mainstream, and the so-called "moderates" like Hillary ("stay the course") Clinton are strangely neither visible nor vocal.
Meanwhile George is talking about a lockdown on the whole country -- you know, the bird flu menace.
As Kucinich says, "Indifference is a Weapon of Mass Destruction"!
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