Lee-Jones Letter to President Obama calling for complete withdrawal from Iraq by previously agreed upon deadline

Thanks to everyone who took action to ask their member of Congress to support the Lee-Jones letter on Iraq! With your help, 95 Members of Congress signed the letter, calling on the President to keep the previously agreed upon deadline for withdrawing U.S. troops from Iraq, not to extend it or to leave troops in the country indefinitely. The final version of the letter was sent to President Obama on July 27, 2011. Representative Lee's press release on the letter is posted here.


KEEP TO THE CURRENT DEADLINE
Bring all U.S. Troops and Military Contractors in Iraq Home by Dec. 31, 2011!

The following 95 members of Congress signed the Lee-Jones letter on Iraq: Baldwin, Bass (CA-33), Boswell, Braley, Capps, Capuano, Chu, Cicilline, Clarke (MI-13), Clarke (NY-11), Clay, Cleaver, Clyburn, Cohen, Conyers, Costello, Cummings, Davis (IL-7), DeFazio, DeLauro, Deutch, Doggett, Doyle, Duncan (TN-2), Edwards, Ellison, Farr, Filner, Frank, Fudge, Garamendi, Grijalva, Gutierrez, Hahn, Hanabusa, Hastings (FL-23), Heinrich, Hirono, Holt, Honda, Jackson Jr. (IL-2), Jackson-Lee, Johnson (IL-15), Johnson (TX-30), Jones, Kaptur, Kucinich, Larson, Lee, Lewis (GA-5), Loebsack, Lofgren, Lujan, Maloney, Matsui, McCollum, McDermott, McGovern, Michaud, Miller (CA-7), Moore, Nadler, Napolitano, Norton, Olver, Paul, Payne, Pingree, Polis, Rangel, Richardson, Rush, Sanchez (CA-39), Sanchez (CA-47), Schakowsky, Schrader, Scott (VA-3), Serrano, Sewell, Slaughter, Speier, Stark, Thompson (CA-1), Thompson (MS-2), Tierney, Tonko, Towns, Tsongas, Velazquez, Waters, Watt, Welch, Wilson (FL-17), Woolsey, Yarmuth

Dear Colleagues:

The war in Iraq will not be over until we have removed all our troops and military contractors out of Iraq. However, the Administration is considering leaving thousands of U.S. troops beyond the December 31, 2011 deadline.

We ask that you join us in signing a letter (text below) to President Obama urging him to hold to our Status of Forces Agreement with Iraq that committed our nation to removing all our forces and military contractors from Iraq by the end of this year.

Leaving troops and military contractors in Iraq beyond the end of the year deadline is not in our nation’s security interests, it is not in our nation’s strategic interests, and it is not in our nation’s economic interests.

To sign onto this bipartisan letter or for more information, please contact Teddy Miller in Rep. Lee’s office (teddy.miller [at] mail.house.gov or 5.2661) or Ray Celeste in Rep. Jones’ office (raymond.celeste [at] mail.house.gov or 6.5241).

Sincerely,

/s
Barbara Lee
Member of Congress

/s
Walter B. Jones
Member of Congress


July 22, 2011

The Honorable Barack Obama
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

We are writing to urge you to hold to our nation’s Status of Forces Agreement with the government of Iraq that commits our nation to bringing all of our troops and military contractors home at the end of this calendar year.

The American people have made it clear that the war in Iraq must end. By wide and overwhelming margins, Americans approve of your plan to remove all the troops from Iraq by the end of this year.

We are deeply concerned to learn that your Administration is considering plans to keep potentially thousands of U.S. troops in Iraq beyond the end of this year. Extending our presence in Iraq is counterproductive - the Iraqi people do not support our continued
occupation. Remaining in Iraq would only further strengthen the perception that we are an occupying force with no intention of leaving Iraq.

Leaving troops and military contractors in Iraq beyond the deadline is not in our nation’s security interests, it is not in our nation’s strategic interests, and it is not in our nation’s economic interests.

Mr. President, we look forward to working with you in maintaining our nation’s Status of Forces Agreement with the government of Iraq and bringing all of our troops and military contractors home at the end of this year.

Sincerely,

Barbara Lee
Member of Congress

Walter B. Jones
Member of Congress

I hope you keep the promise of bringing our troops home.

The 3 wars are taking valuable money from the U.S. Budget. i voted for Obama, because he
promised change. I thought he wanted to end the Iraq War. Let's see if he was just
talking. Talk is cheap. Let's end this war and return to a budget which focuses on
American issues of peace.
Thank you.
L.Anderson

Stop sacrificing valuable blood and treasure to people who no longer need--or want--our help.

The e Cheney-Bush-Obama Wars of Choice in the Mideast are costing the US $750 MILLION A DAY!! i And developing hate against the US by those whose children are maimed and killed by drones.

Stop this stupidity!!

Gerstein's message presents an irrefutable concept: our drone attacks throughout the Middle East create about 100 terrorists for every child or mother or grandparent murdered. In World War II we fought fascists: those who relied on endless war and armed aggression to carry out national policy. What is our government doing to us and to the world with a policy mimicking Mussolini and Hitler?

I for one am opposed to war. I marched in the streets against Vietnam, I marched AGAINST these two ILLEGAL, IMMORAL wars, in the streets before these wars started. My Husband is a Vietnam Veteran. He marched with me and our two daughters prior to these last two wars. (THERE IS NOTHING HONORABLE ABOUT THESE TWO WARS! Had l known him then, (Vietnam) he probably wouldn't have VOLUNTEERED for the Marine Corps, then VOLUNTEERED to go to Vietnam... (NO HE WAS NOT DRAFTED, VOLUNTEERED) He, like so many other young men had been Brainwashed into believing that going and fighting and giving the ULTIMATE SACRIFICE, (their LIVES) is a patriotic duty. Yet when these young men are injured and need jobs to support their families, they are denied. Such a shameful tribute to these Heroic men and Women. Not to mention it's always just the few middle class kids who seem to have that GOLDEN PATRIOTISM. (MY HUSBAND SAYS EVERYONE...EVERYONE SHOULD HAVE TO GO IF ONE GOES, EVERYONE GOES!!)The rich stay home to INHERIT their families wealth and go on to bigger and better things, (CHENEY, RUMSFELD, WELL AND ACTUALLY BUSH HE WAS AWOL MOST OF THE TIME) whats to stop them, the world is their GOLDEN EGG. All the while sacrifices are made in the name of "FREEDOM", by young men and women who may be promised an education or other such things, just out of their reach...that never come to fruition. Struggling through life to make sense of their experience...the Proud the Few... So all my life l have been against WAR, there is never really a WINNER, because even one life lost, makes it a lose lose situation. So l say let's WAGE PEACE instead...Why don't we have a DEPARTMENT OF PEACE, it makes so much more sense. Also instead of Building schools and Roads over there we need to be building our Infrastructure, it's CRUMBLING around us. Not to mention what we teach them, it seems they just turn right around and use to fight us...we are like a dog chasing our tails...GET OUT OF THESE WARS, I DON'T APPRECIATE MY TAX DOLLARS GOING FOR WAR, LET US ALL VOTE INDIVIDUALLY...I BET YOU THERE WOULD BE MORE PEOPLE SAYING ..."GET OUT OF THOSE WARS!!!" Just imagine if Bush had reacted like the Priminister of Norway, and said "We need MORE DEMOCRACY." YES, he did not say let's manufacture something and go to war, like Bush and Cheney...WAKE UP PEOPLE!!!!

Let's leave!

We should leave as agreed to.

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