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Bush on the Defensive; Protest His 'Stay the Course' Speech



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ON DEFENSIVE, BUSH TO DELIVER "STAY THE COURSE" IRAQ SPEECH AT FT. BRAGG ON
TUESDAY, 6/28
? If you can, join
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=3&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php?calid=14420>anti-war
protest in Fayetteville, NC during Bush speech
? Build on the anti-war momentum:
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=4&url=http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media/>Send
a letter to the editor of your local paper
? Keep up the pressure: Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and
urge your member of Congress to join the
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=5&url=http://www.commondreams.org/news2005/0616-32.htm>Out
of Iraq Caucus

They're on the run.

On Tuesday, June 28, President Bush will deliver what is being billed as a
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=6&url=http://www.charlotte.com/mld/charlotte/11977243.htm>major
speech on the U.S. war in Iraq, justifying continued U.S. military presence
there. The speech is a clear sign that the Bush administration is on the
defensive, a reaction to mounting public and Congressional opposition to
the war.

Before and during Bush's speech, anti-war activists including Iraq war
veterans and military families will hold
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=7&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php?calid=14420>avigil
in Fayetteville, NC -- home of Ft. Bragg - to protest the continued war. If
you are in driving distance of Fayetteville, we urge you to make the trip
and join this important protest.

When Bush speaks on Tuesday, we can expect to hear the same thing he and
others from his administration have been saying in recent days: their
policies are working, things are getting better in Iraq, and no exit
strategy is needed.

Bush lied before, and he is lying again. A growing majority of the people
of this country know that Bush lied about the reasons to go to war, and all
his efforts to portray the U.S. occupation as a success are nothing but
empty spin. Even Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld said yesterday that
it could take at least 12 more years to stop the insurgency!! With more
than 1700 U.S. soldiers and untold tens of thousands of Iraqis already dead
after 2 1/2 years of this pointless nightmare, what could 12 more years
possibly bring?  

The anti-war movement has growing political momentum. Recent polls show
that public opposition to the war is solid and growing. Near-daily reports
of torture and other abuse of prisoners at Abu Ghraib, Guantanamo, and
other detention facilities have sparked widespread public outrage. The
Downing Street memo has exposed and documented the lies of this
administration. There is, at long last, some serious movement against the
war in Congress: Just two weeks ago, 42 members of Congress formed the Out
of Iraq Caucus, and before that, 128 members supported a resolution calling
for an exit plan. 

Even if you can't join the protest in Fayetteville, you can take action to
help build on this political momentum.
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=8&url=http://www.congress.org/congressorg/dbq/media>Write
a letter to the editor of your local paper in response to Bush's speech.
Call the Capitol Switchboard at (202) 224-3121 and urge your member of
Congress to join the
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=9&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/calendar.php?calid=14420>Out
of Iraq Caucus - or leave a thank you message, if your representative has
already joined.

<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=10&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/fallmobe>And
 spread
the word far and wide about the
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=11&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/fallmobe>massive
anti-war mobilization being planned in Washington, D.C. for the weekend of
September 24-26. If we are to bring this illegal and immoral war to an end,
we need to mobilize not just the folks who already have taken action
against the war, but the vast numbers of normally apolitical people who are
sickened by the carnage and want the troops brought home now. An array of
new outreach leaflets have just been posted to the United for Peace and
Justice website at
<http://www.democracyinaction.org/dia/track.jsp?key=22497558&url_num=12&url=http://www.unitedforpeace.org/fallmobe>http://www.unitedforpeace.org/fallmobe
- download and copy them today, and start reaching out to folks in your
community.

Not a day goes by without reports of senseless death and destruction while
our communities are being bankrupted by the billions of dollars pouring
into the war and occupation of Iraq. The Bush administration is on the
political defensive, and it is time for us to re-double our efforts.



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