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RiverStone Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:49 PM
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ABOUT FACE: 1000+ Active-Duty Soldiers Call for Iraq Withdrawal
The Nation - 12/14/06


For the first time since Vietnam, an organized, robust movement of active-duty US military personnel has publicly surfaced to oppose a war in which they are serving. Those involved plan to petition Congress to withdraw American troops from Iraq. (Note: A complete version of this report will appear next week in the print and online editions of The Nation.)

After appearing only seven weeks ago on the Internet, the Appeal for Redress, brainchild of 29-year-old Navy seaman Jonathan Hutto, has already been signed by nearly 1,000 US soldiers, sailors, Marines and airmen, including dozens of officers--most of whom are on active duty. Not since 1969, when some 1,300 active-duty military personnel signed an open letter in the New York Times opposing the war in Vietnam, has there been such a dramatic barometer of rising military dissent.

Interviews with two dozen signers of the Appeal reveal a mix of motives for opposing the war: ideological, practical, strategic and moral. But all those interviewed agree that it is time to start withdrawing the troops. Coming from an all-volunteer military, the Appeal was called "unprecedented" by Eugene Fidell, president of the National Institute of Military Justice.

The Nation spoke with rank-and-file personnel as well as high-ranking officers--some on the Iraqi front lines, others at domestic and offshore US military bases--who have signed the Appeal. All of their names will be made available to Congress when the Appeal is presented in mid-January. Signers have been assured they are sending a communication to Congress protected under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act. The Pentagon is powerless to take official reprisals and has said that as long as active-duty personnel are not in uniform or on duty, they are free to express their views to Congress.

Full story here:

http://www.thenation.com/doc/20070101/cooperweb
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partylessinOhio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:56 PM
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1. A standing ovation for the Appeal for Redress 1000!
:applause:
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Jacobin Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:56 PM
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2. This is how its done
Congress doesn't rubber stamp funds, but holds hearings wanting to know what the money is for, why its needed and what its buying and if its not working says it won't continue.

Troops say this is a clusterfuck and tell congress to bring them home.

SecDef's get fired for incompetence.

VietNam unfolding again before my old eyes...
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babylonsister Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 04:57 PM
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3. I wish this story was smeared all over the corporate media channels.
People need to know what's going on.
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malaise Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:04 PM
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4. Great news n/t
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whistle Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-15-06 05:30 PM
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5. Now that Donald Rumsfeld is out, soldiers are able to speak their conscience
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