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what the war is costing press conference thusrday

The USA has already spent more than $456 BILLION on the war so far
And that it's cost each American household more than $4,100?
Rally to expose the cost of war organized by MoveOn.org
Where: Legacy Emanuel Hospital, Parking Lot 6 (in Portland)
When: Thursday, Aug 16 2007, 12:00 PM
464 Billion Spent On Iraq War
464 Billion Spent On Iraq War
 link to pol.moveon.org

At a news conference like this, it really helps to have a crowd of 5-10 people—so it's clear in the TV coverage that folks are really concerned about the cost of the war. We still need a few more folks to come to the event in Portland (because it's during the day, it's a little harder for some people to make it). If you're free, the MoveOn members organizing this event could really use your help.

At the events, MoveOn members will hold a press conference for reporters where we'll release the report, hear from speakers and take questions from the media. Then, we'll deliver the report outlining what the war is costing us to our representative's office so that Congress gets the message: We want an end to this unwinnable civil war in Iraq and we want it now.

In September, General Petraeus is going to issue his report on Iraq. Congress will then decide whether they're going to give the president another blank check for endless war or whether they'll force him to accept real timelines to bring our troops home quickly.

So we're going all out this month to make sure Congress takes a stand against this war and votes to bring our troops home in September.

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move-on needs to move on 14.Aug.2007 14:32

former move-on member

That move-on doesn't give a shit about progressive causes is reflected in the fact that the timing of this "press conference" directly conflicts with the ongoing Blumenauer impeachment protest (729 N.E. Oregon Ave from noon to 2 P.M. on Thursdays). It wouldn't be surprising to find that Blumenauer is involved in this, since his previous tactics of police/security suppression haven't worked.

Move-on is a Democrat Party/DLC front organization that has consistently supported war mongers like Kerry and Clinton. If move-on were progressive, it would have acted responsibly in scheduling this "press conference". Why not after 2 P.M., when demonstrators from the Blumenauer protest could have joined them?

Incidentally, the Iraq occupation is not a war. Progressives understand this distinction and do not use the term "war" to describe the illegal and immoral invasion of a defenseless sovereign nation. (The Nazis invaded and occupied Holland; they said they were fighting a "war of liberation".)

Furthermore, the "cost" of the debacle in Iraq is hundreds of thousands of dead Iraqis and the destruction of Iraqi society. Move-on and the Democrats want you to believe that the Iraqis are to blame for making us spend so much. Then they will support a presidential candidate who has no desire to "bring the troops home" or to give up control over the oil in the region.