Thursday, April 24, 2008

Make sure the public never forgets Obama's pledge, just in case he wins: One Brigade A Month, all troops out within 16 months.

My friends. This is a battle worth joining. Obama's commitment is a substantially better deal for us, than Hillary, or, obviously McCain.

But I am not recommending joining the Obama campaign. Please think about this, with me.

Obama's position is so much different, that it would literally decide our destiny, to shut the permanent bases in Iraq, or not. Here is the truth, whether you like it or not:

The O.B.A.M plan is under attack by broad segments of the rightwing, everybody from tax cutters to corporate lobbyists who would lose if Obama wins. Your urgent task the next 6 months, is to stand up in every public forum and smash the war position, and anybody foolish enough taking public positions in support of the Iraq occupation, war, or militarism.

The war hawks are trying to hide from the general public right now, but they continue building massive support in their captive audiences in the churches, rightwing radio and TV, and school districts they control. Basically, we have to stand up and assault the pro-war position so sharply that the war people have to either stand up and take a licking, or remain silent and surrender on the issue.

Ironically, on this particular issue, *we* own the public forums, the political caucuses and conventions, the microphone in city county and state legislatures, school boards, city councils, commissions of all kinds. The general public is extraordinarily opposed to the occupation right now. We must go into all these forums aggressively speaking out, leafletting, attacking the legitimacy of the occupation and the people who lied us into this war. We must attack the immorality of killing, the illegality of occupation of nonbelligerent countries, the $3 billion per day of military spending, and the most fundamental lie, the GWOT. There is no unusual terrorist threat, we have been working for the last 50 years to defuse the nuclear threat and Bush has reneged on ABM and NNPT! Ghastly.

Those of you who say you're antiwar, but won't put in the time and personal capital to attend local politics, are betraying the movement. Now is our time. Now is the hour for accountability. The war people are goin' down.

Join in the fun, even if you don't care about the morality, or the legality, or the fiscal trainwreck, or the dollar collapse, or the political blowback against the empire.


ps. Make sure the public never forgets Obama's pledge: One Brigade A Month, All out within 16 months.

Bring Our Troops Home: Obama will immediately begin to remove our troops from Iraq. He will remove one to two combat brigades each month, and have all of our combat brigades out of Iraq within 16 months. Obama will make it clear that we will not build any permanent bases in Iraq. He will keep some troops in Iraq to protect our embassy and diplomats; if al Qaeda attempts to build a base within Iraq, he will keep troops in Iraq or elsewhere in the region to carry out targeted strikes on al Qaeda.

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