Tell President Bush: Stop the Surge
Tue Jan 9, 2007 12:25
 

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Subject: Tell President Bush: Stop the Surge
Date: 09 Jan 2007 06:48:32 -0000
From: Theresa J. Steed quechick007@yahoo.com
To: apfn@apfn.org


Dear Friend,

I urge you to join Wes Clark's effort to stop President Bush's
plan for a troop surge in Iraq. Instead, we need a completely
new strategy.

What the surge would do is put more American troops in harm's
way, further undercut the morale of U.S. forces and risk further
alienating elements of the Iraqi populace. American casualties
would probably rise, at least temporarily, as more troops appear
on the streets -- as happened in the summer when a brigade from
Alaska was extended and sent into Baghdad. And even if the
increased troop presence initially frustrated the militias, it
wouldn't be long before they found ways to work around the
neighborhood searches and other obstacles -- if they chose to
continue the conflict.

The truth is that the underlying problems in Iraq are political,
not military.

That is why I urge you to join me in signing Wes Clark's
petition urging President Bush to stop the surge!

http://ga4.org/campaign/stopthesurge?rk=27158d51OyacW

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Send this message to:

* President George W. Bush

Dear President Bush,

I do not support a troop surge in Iraq. Without changing the strategy, this is simply a continuation of "stay the course."

20,000 additional troops now seems too little, too late.

We cannot support the increase in troops unless you disavow the NeoCon strategy and present a new strategy.

What the surge would do is put more American troops in harm's way, further undercut the morale of U.S. forces and risk further alienating elements of the Iraqi populace. American casualties would probably rise, at least temporarily, as more troops appear on the streets -- as happened in the summer when a brigade from Alaska was extended and sent into Baghdad. And even if the increased troop presence initially frustrated the militias, it wouldn't be long before they found ways to work around the neighborhood searches and other obstacles -- if they chose to continue the conflict.

The truth is that the underlying problems in Iraq are political, not military.

Vicious ethnic cleansing is underway, as various factions fight for power and survival. In this environment, security is unlikely to come from smothering the struggle with a blanket of forces -- and adding U.S. efforts is likely to generate additional resistance, especially from Iraq's neighbors. More effective action is needed to resolve the struggle at the political level. A new U.S. ambassador might help, but the administration needs to recognize that the neocon vision has failed.

The administration needs a new strategy for the region, before Iran gains nuclear capabilities. While the military option must remain on the table, America should take the lead with direct diplomacy to resolve the interrelated problems of Iran's push for regional hegemony and nuclear power, the struggle for control of Lebanon and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Isolating our adversaries hasn't worked.

Absent such fundamental change in Washington's approach, there is little hope that a troop surge and accompanying rhetoric will be anything other than "staying the course" more. That wastes lives and time, bolsters the terrorists and avoids facing up to the interrelated challenges posed by a region in crisis.

The bottom line: This is not a winning strategy for the US.
Signed by:
[Your name]
[Your address]

http://ga4.org/campaign/stopthesurge?rk=27158d51OyacW

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