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LuckyTheDog Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 01:00 AM
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Did you send this via e-mail?
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 01:03 AM by LuckyTheDog
Please make sure everyone hears Tammy Duckworth! Let's get a viral e-mail going!


The message at the link below is so moving and important that I e-mailed it to everyone in our address book. Please do the same!


Hello. My name is Tammy Duckworth.

Almost two years ago, the Black Hawk helicopter I was co-piloting in Iraq was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade. When I woke up at Walter Reed Army Medical Center ten days later, my husband Bryan told me that I had lost both my legs.

Despite that, I don't regret my service for a minute. I was honored to serve when my country called. In fact, I'm still an active member of the National Guard.

I'm extremely proud of the thousands of brave U.S. troops who are serving in Iraq and Afghanistan under the most difficult circumstances. They're doing their duty, and doing it well.

But as I went through my recovery, I started asking myself whether our leaders in Washington are doing their duty.

After more than three years, more than 2,700 U.S. deaths and tens of thousands of wounded, this administration still lacks a plan for securing Iraq. And the leaders of Congress still refuse to do their job of holding the administration accountable.

So, instead of a plan or a strategy, we get shallow slogans like Mission Accomplished and Stay the Course.

Those slogans are calculated to win an election. But they won't help us accomplish our mission in Iraq.

Just this past week, the National Intelligence Estimate revealed the unhappy truth: the war in Iraq has led to more terrorism, not less. These are the conclusions of our sixteen national intelligence agencies. Yet the response from the White House is a predictable "stay the course."

And anyone who challenges our failed policies, or suggests the need for a new strategy, is accused of "cutting and running."

Well, I didn't cut and run, Mr. President. Like so many others, I proudly fought and sacrificed.

My helicopter was shot down long after you proclaimed "Mission Accomplished."

And I believe the brave men and women who are serving in Iraq today, their families and the American people deserve more than the same empty slogans and political name-calling.

They know what we're doing isn't working and that it's time to change course.

We need a new Congress that will ask the tough questions and work together for solutions rather than attacking the patriotism of those who disagree.

It is time to encourage Iraqi leaders to take control of their own country and make the tough choices that will stop the civil war and stabilize the country.

We also need much better oversight of the billions of U.S. tax dollars we're spending in Iraq.

So far, the leaders of this Congress have been unwilling to perform this basic task.

We simply can't go on this way. It's time for a new direction. And it starts by putting politics and partisanship aside.

Our nation was united after nine-eleven. There was overwhelming support to go after those who attacked us. We all wanted to punish bin Laden and the Taliban who protected him.

But President Bush took his eye off of al Qaeda in Afghanistan to invade Iraq. As a result, our military is stretched to the limit. And the sympathy and support we received from others around the world has been lost.

If I'm elected to Congress, I will go to Washington next year to continue my service by asking the tough questions of administration officials. And if were not meeting our goals, I'll demand to know why.

I want real accountability for the billions of dollars we're spending in Iraq.

Like all Americans, I want to get our troops home - as quickly and safely and in the most responsible way possible.

And the next time that Congress considers committing our young men and women to combat, I want to make sure that we've asked the right questions:

Is the intelligence correct? Have we planned for the aftermath? Do our troops have the equipment and support that they need?

We've had enough banners. We've had enough slogans.

We need a new Congress - and a new direction in Iraq.

This is Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, thank you for listening.
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SaveOurDemocracy Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 02:02 AM
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1. Great message ...

On it's way to all my e-mail contacts. Thanks!
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bananas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 04:46 AM
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2. I always feel weird when ,,,
I'm the fifth person to post and recommend after several hours...
Is there something I missed?
Is there a good reason not to push this over the Greatest threshold?

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MethuenProgressive Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 05:13 AM
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3. 2AM posting - k&r
Edited on Sun Oct-08-06 05:14 AM by MethuenProgressive
Not everyone's a nightowl! ...and perhaps a better title, like "Pass along this message from Tammy Duckworth" might catch more attention?
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 07:41 AM
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5. No, it just sunk probably because there wasn't much left to say
so people read and went on.
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GeorgeGist Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Oct-08-06 06:10 AM
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4. "We've had enough slogans."

"They're doing their duty, and doing it well."

Can we have it both ways and be considered rational?
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