Military families to Congress: cut the funds

The House passes a non-binding resolution against the “surge”; the Senate fails to. Opponents invoke the need to “support the troops.” Is anybody listening to the troops and their families? From Military Families Speak Out, Feb. 5:

Military Families Urge Congress to Vote Down Bush Request for Billions to Contine Iraq War
Military Families Speak Out (MFSO) members today called on Congress to support our troops and honor the fallen by voting against President Bush’s request for a supplemental appropriation that would allow the U.S. military occupation of Iraq to continue. Military Families Speak Out, an organization of over 3,200 military families opposed to the war in Iraq, is the largest organization of military families opposing a war in the history of the United States.

“President Bush is now requesting funds to continue an unjustifiable war that is taking the lives of three U.S. troops and countless Iraqi children, women and men each day,” said Nancy Lessin, co-founder of Military Families Speak Out and stepmother of a Marine who served in Iraq. “Now is the time, and Congress is the vehicle, by which this horrific war can finally end. We call on Congress to support our troops by voting against the funds that would allow this war to continue. To do otherwise would be to abandon our loved ones and the people of Iraq to the unending and worsening violence of this misbegotten war. ”

“Our elected officials cannot oppose this war and fund it at the same time. We expect more than resolutions, limitations and investigations,” explained Charley Richardson, also a co-founder of Military Families Speak Out and father of a Marine. “The one thing that Congress can do to end this war, right now, with a 50% plus one vote of either house, is to de-fund it. 

Military families across the country with loved ones currently serving in Iraq, those with loved ones soon to deploy or re-deploy, families with loved ones who have been wounded physically and/or psychologically, and those whose loved ones died as a result of the war in Iraq are available for interview regarding President Bush’s supplemental funding request for the Iraq war, and the need for Congress to support our troops by opposing it.

See our last posts on military dissent and the Iraq war and the anti-war effort. See also our last statement from Military Families Speak Out