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Thursday, September 08, 2011
Heinrich Urges President To End War In Iraq; Bring Troops Home By End of Year
Keeping the pressure on: Rep. Martin Heinrich (NM-01) yesterday released the following statement in light of reports that Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta is supporting a plan that would keep 3,000 to 4,000 American troops in Iraq beyond the Status of Forces Agreement that expires on December 31, 2011:
“I stand with the people of New Mexico in calling for an end to the war in Iraq. With the deadline for a final withdrawal now less than four months away, I strongly urge President Obama to maintain our Status of Forces Agreement with the government of Iraq and bring all of our troops and military contractors home at the end of the year.
“Extending our presence in Iraq is neither in our nation’s economic nor national security interests. Keeping troops on the ground would only deepen the perception of the Iraqi people that we have no intention of leaving their country. It’s time for our brave service men and women to return home to their families.”
Rep. Heinrich, along with 90 of his colleagues in the House (including NM-03 Congressman Ben Ray Lujan), sent a letter to President Obama on July 22, 2011 urging him to withdraw all American troops by the end of the year. The United States has spent over $800 billion and 4,474 Americans lives have been lost in Iraq since the beginning of the war.
What about Iraqi Oil? Is Big Oil going to foot the bill for their own mercs so that they can loot it?
What about that private prison industry that we have established there?
What about that huge "diplomatic" complex Americans have paid for? Who is going to run it?
How is our puppet Sunni government supposed to stay in place without our Army to hold back the Iranian influenced Shia?
Are we going to abandon the Kurds?
Posted by: qofdisks | Sep 8, 2011 9:13:43 AM
gofdisks and anyone else interested -checkout this report issued on 8/31/11: http://www.wartimecontracting.gov/index.php/reports
Geesh I wonder why we do not have any jobs? Could it be that all our money is going to building healthcare centers in Iraq?
Posted by: Mary Ellen | Sep 8, 2011 12:11:49 PM