VotersForPeace News from Washington

VotersForPeace is growing and has new talent coming in!  I am shifting focus to head our new Peace-Climate-Security Initiative.  This research oriented project aims to provide a policy foundation for the kind of peace-climate organizing being done under the NoWarNoWarming.org coalition.  VotersForPeace co-founder and anti-war writer Kevin Zeese will step into the role of Executive Director.
These changes occur on the eve of the national anti-war rally on September 15th (www.Sept15.org)
 
 
Thanks for your ongoing support!  See Kevin Zeese’s newsletter below.
 
Friends
 
Below is the weekly newsletter of our allied organization Democracy Rising.  You can subscribe to receive it at the end of the email.
 
Please join us tomorrow in Washington, DC for the major demonstration against the Iraq occupation.  Many speakers on the board of Voters For Peace will be participating including Cindy Sheehan, Tina Richards, Geoffrey Mallard, Rev. Lennox Yearwood, Jr. and myself.  If you are unable to come to Washington, DC you can watch the event on C-SPAN.
 
This is a critical time in efforts to end the occupation.  Please make a donation to Voters for Peace today.  You can do so on-line at: https://secure.democracyinaction.org/dia/organizations/vfp/shop/custom.jsp?donate_page_KEY=1355.  Your support is needed, will be appreciated and will be used wisely.
 
Thanks.
 
Kevin Zeese
 
Director, Voters For Peace
 
THIS WEEK IN IRAQ  September 14, 2007
 
AN ANNOTATED ANALYSIS OF PRESIDENT BUSH’S SEPT. 13TH SPEECH TO THE NATION ON IRAQ
 
Instead of charting a new direction for U.S. policy in Iraq, President Bush’s speech to the nation last evening was an impassioned plea to the American public to stay the course. But much of Bush’s argument  for staying the course was based on spin instead of reality. In this "Annotated Analysis of  President Bush’s Sept 13 Speech"  to the Nation on Iraq Stephen Zunes and Erik Leaver of Foreign Policy in Focus analyze Bush’s statements and offer an alternative interpretation of the situation on the ground. http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1061/164/ 
 
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THE PEOPLE VS. THE ESTABLISHMENT: PEACE MARCH ON SEPTEMBER 15TH SCARES THE POWERS THAT BE BECAUSE THE PEOPLE HAVE THE POWER TO END THE WAR The March against the war, scheduled for September 15th, is a unique opportunity for anti-war activists to stand in coalition with Iraq Veterans who oppose the war and have taken the lead on this historic march. You can see fear in the overreaction to efforts to advertise the September 15th event.  Last week federal police manhandled Marine Mom Tina Richards and Adam Kokesh, co-chair of Iraq Vets Against the War, arresting them for putting up posters about the demonstration.  This comes after $35,000 dollars in fines being levied against organizers of the protest. They should be afraid. The 15th is going to be a dramatic day that kicks off a week of important anti-war advocacy.  http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1052/106/
 
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COMPROMISE ON OIL LAW IN IRAQ SEEMS TO BE COLLAPSING A carefully constructed compromise on a draft law governing Iraq?s rich oil fields, agreed to in February after months of arduous talks among Iraqi political groups, appears to have collapsed. The apparent breakdown comes just as Congress and the White House are struggling to find evidence that there is progress toward reconciliation and a functioning government here. Senior Iraqi negotiators met in Baghdad on Wednesday in an attempt to salvage the original compromise, two participants said. But the meeting came against the backdrop of a public series of increasingly strident disagreements over the draft law that had broken out in recent days? http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1059/106/
 
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PENTAGON PLANS BASE NEAR IRAQ-IRAN BORDER: REPORT The Pentagon is preparing to build a military base near the Iraq-Iran border to try to curtail the flow of advanced Iranian weaponry to Shiite militants across Iraq, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday in its online edition. The base will be located about four miles from the Iranian border and will be used for at least two years, according to the report. U.S. officials told the paper it is unclear whether it will be among the small number of facilities that would remain in Iraq after any future large-scale U.S. withdrawal. http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1053/106/
 
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AFTER PETRAEUS: CONGRESS BEDAZZLED, THE PEOPLE BETRAYED The multiple-repeated statements from Gen. Petraeus and Ambassador Crocker almost sidelined the usually central Bush administration justification for the occupation of Iraq – the so-called "global war on terror."  It came up in questions, but was otherwise ignored. The "troubling" news that Petraeus described as counter-balancing his otherwise "good news" is that Iran is more involved in Iraq than the U.S. anticipated… While Petraeus denied a reporter’s question of whether his speech was designed to ratchet up pressure against Iran, there is no question that that was the main text…http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1055/106/
 
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SUPERIOR DERIDED PETRAEUS AS SUCK-UP, OPPOSED THE SURGE In sharp contrast to the lionization of Gen. David Petraeus by members of the U.S. Congress during his testimony this week, Petraeus’  superior, Admiral William Fallon, chief of the Central Command (CENTCOM), derided Petraeus as a sycophant during their first meeting in Baghdad last March, according to Pentagon sources familiar with reports of the meeting. Fallon told Petraeus that he considered him to be "an ass-kissing little chickens**t" and added, "I hate people like that," the sources say. That extraordinarily contentious start of Fallon’s mission to Baghdad led to more meetings marked by acute tension between the two commanders?http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1056/106/
 
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PRESIDENT PETRAEUS? IRAQI OFFICIAL RECALLS THE DAY GENERAL REVEALED AMBITION General David Petraeus expressed long-term interest in running for the U.S. presidency when he was stationed in Baghdad, according to a senior Iraqi official who knew him at that time. Sabah Khadim, then a senior adviser at Iraq’s Interior Ministry, says General Petraeus discussed with him his ambition when the general was head of training and recruitment of the Iraqi army in 2004-05. An articulate, intelligent and energetic man, he has always shown skill in managing the media. But General Petraeus’s open interest in the presidency may lead critics to suggest that his own political ambitions have influenced him in putting an optimistic gloss on the US military position in Iraq.http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1057/106/
 
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TOP IRAQ SHEIK WORKING WITH U.S. SLAIN BY ROADSIDE BOMB The most prominent figure in a revolt of Sunni sheiks against al-Qaida in Iraq was killed Thursday in an explosion near his home in Anbar province, police said. Abdul-Sattar Abu Risha was among a group of tribal leaders who met President Bush earlier this month at al-Asad Air Base in Anbar province. Abu Risha and two of his bodyguards were killed by a roadside bomb, said Col. Tareq Youssef, supervisor of Anbar police. No group claimed responsibility for the assassination but suspicion fell on al-Qaida in Iraq, which U.S. officials say has suffered devastating setbacks in Anbar thanks to Abu Risha and his fellow sheiks. It’s unclear how his death would affect U.S. efforts to organize Sunnis against the terrorist network.  http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1058/106/
 
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FINALLY A REAL PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE ON IRAQ – RON PAUL VS. MIKE HUCKABEE
 
MR. WALLACE:  Congressman Paul — (interrupted by cheers, applause) — Congressman Paul, your position on the war is pretty simple: Get out.  What about, though, trying to minimize the bloodbath that would certainly occur if we pull out in a hurry? What about protecting the thousands of Iraqis who have staked their lives in backing the U.S.?  And would you leave troops in the region to take out any al Qaeda camps that are developed after we leave?
 
REP. PAUL: The people who say there will be a bloodbath are the ones who said it would be a cakewalk, it would be slam dunk, and that it would be paid for by oil. Why believe them? They’ve been wrong on everything they’ve said. Why not ask the people — (interrupted bycheers) — why not ask the people who advised not to go into the region and into the war? The war has not gone well one bit. Yes, I would leave, I would leave completely. Why leave the troops in the region? The fact that we had troops in Saudi Arabia was one of the three reasons given for the attack on 9/11. So why leave them in the region?  http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1051/106/
 
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PHIL DONAHUE’S "BODY OF WAR" EXPLORES PAIN OF RETURNING WAR VETS Donahue, known for his eponymous talk show, is at the Toronto International Film Festival promoting his documentary Body of War, about Iraq war veteran Tomas Young. The 27-year-old, who enlisted for the war two days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was shot and paralyzed after being deployed to Iraq. Young is now paralyzed from the chest down. The documentary, which Donahue co-directs with Ellen Spiro, follows a year in Young’s life. ?I think Americans should see this. We’re living in a country where you can’t see the coffins, the flag-draped coffins [of dead soldiers coming home]," he said. "If you’re going to send a nation to war, show the pain. Don’t sanitize the news." http://democracyrising.us/content/view/1054/106/
 
To keep up to date on the news from Iraq and Capitol Hill visit www.DemocracyRising.US
 
To subscribe to this newsletter, contact Carol Kramer at ckramer@democracyrising.us.
 
Take the VotersForPeace Pledge! "I will only vote for or support federal candidates who make a speedy end to the war in Iraq, and preventing any future war of aggression, a public position in his or her campaign."
 
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Also, thanx for signing my petitions, et al, please consider sharing them. Also, since Admin. of change.org aren't allowing me to invite people to do my actions lately and are switching my urls for my petitions so when I invite people off their site they can't get to the petition either (ergo 3 possible urls for each petition), here's a few of my latest actions; do as few or as many as you'd like (there are 3 linx for each petition because admin. switches between the 3 of them so people trying to sign the petition can‘t get to it): This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Haiti disaster anniversary, please, do what you can: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9033 This petition on change.org: Haiti disaster anniversary: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2?share_id=yIpWHEHxri&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2 http://www.change.org/petitions/view/haiti_disaster_anniversary_2   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green, Indigenous, Native American, etc., actions: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9026 This petition on change.org: Green, Indigenous, Native American, acts: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous_native_american_acts?share_id=NHvTtQadfP&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts http://www.change.org/petitions/view/green_indigenous,_native_american_acts   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday, holiday: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9024 This petition on change.org: Art/Act: celebrate Dr. M.L. King, Jr.'s holiday: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/artact_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jrs_holiday?share_id=QjOkAUGeBQ&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday http://www.change.org/petitions/view/art_act_celebrate_dr_ml_king_jr_s_holiday   This post on Disabled Greens News and discussion: Green; NA; the evolution; Civil, Human, LP, Prisoner's Rights; Poverty; etc..: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/DisabledGreensNews/message/9022 This petition on change.org: Economically empower through advocacy: http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy?share_id=WZNqBQWcXE&pe=pce http://uspoverty.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_through_advocacy http://www.change.org/petitions/view/economically_empower_throug
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