A couple of weeks ago I wrote, regarding the House vote against the escalation, that to "oppose the escalation is an important first step, but it must be the beginning of our debate, not the end." Today, I wanted to take a moment to follow up on that post, and make my position clear -
the only money I will support for Iraq is funding that is used for the withdrawal of every last US soldier and military contractor from Iraq.
Our soldiers are dying in Iraq because President Bush refuses to recognize that it’s time to bring our troops home, his is a position that has been overwhelmingly rejected by the American public. Democrats were elected in November in conservative districts across the country so that we could find an end to the war, and now the majority of the American public supports a time-bound withdrawal plan that ensures that our troops return home in a safe and orderly fashion.
It’s time to end our military occupation of Iraq, and it’s time to fully fund our withdrawal.
Conservatives have tried to portray the progressive position as one of cutting off funding for our troops in the field, and many have questioned our patriotism. Others have gone so far as to claim that we are working against our men and women in harm’s way. Nothing could be further from the truth, and we must stand up and confront their lies.
A fully funded withdrawal would ensure that our military commanders have any and all resources available to them to bring our troops home, while providing for their security during the process. This isn’t about cutting funding, this about providing the resources for an orderly withdrawal, allowing our troops to come home to their families, and for our military to regroup, and stand prepared to defend our country if, and when, we are truly faced with a threat to our national security.