Military families applaud Rumsfeld resignation

From Military Families Speak Out, Nov. 8:

Military Families Speak Out (MFSO), an organization of over 3,100 military families who are opposed to the war in Iraq, welcome the resignation of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, one of the key architects of the war in Iraq. “Donald Rumsfeld sent our loved ones off to a war based on lies, and, adding insult (and injury) to injury, he did it on the cheap…many troops lacked proper body armor, armored vehicles and so much more,” said Nancy Lessin of Boston, Massachusetts, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out whose step-son served with the Marines in Iraq in spring, 2003.

“The resignation of Donald Rumsfeld must be only the beginning,” added her husband Charley Richardson, another co-founder of MFSO. “Some will try to say that a change in the management of the war is enough. We say that the war itself must end. We need our troops brought home now, and taken care of when they get here.”

MFSO expects over 30 military families from California, Colorado, Missouri, New Jersey and other areas around the U.S. to gather in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, November 9, 2006. They plan to deliver petitions to the Pentagon calling for an end to troop extensions, stop-loss orders, involuntary re-calls, multiple deployments, and other aspects of the “back door draft”, and for all troops to be brought home now.

See our last posts on Iraq and politics of the GWOT.

See also Bill Weinberg’s analysis of the Rumsfeld resignation and the mid-term elections from Japan’s MDS Weekly.