Friday, March 21, 2008

Lautenberg is Right: Five Years is Too Long in Iraq

Sen. Frank Lautenberg, who is possibly one of the most respected and thoughtful senators in the country, is sending out a petition to get U.S. troops out of Iraq in a strategic redeployment; I encourage anyone reading this post to sign it immediately and let Pres. Bush know that Americans are fed up with propping up a foreign government that won't take the necessary steps to take responsibility for their own country.

Lautenberg has been working on important legislation in Washington and has more committee power than in the past; his legislation includes a new farm bill that would help N.J. farmers with non-specialty subsidies, a new GI Bill with Sen. Webb, and several environmental initiatives, thus making Lautenberg receive a 100% rating from the League of Conservation Voters.

Lautenberg is right on the Iraq War, though, when he says "The best thing to do for our country is to start getting our troops home now." There will be no real, substantive change unless benchmarks and withdrawal plans are carried forth. Lautenberg understands this, but Bush and McCain simply don't.



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