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Official release: CODEPINK calls Obama’s announcement of timetable, residual troops in Iraq a “broken promise”

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Fri, Feb 27, 2009

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    Feb. 27, 2009    CONTACT
Jean Stevens, CODEPINK media coordinator, 646-723-1781.

CODEPINK calls Obama’s announcement of timetable, residual troops in Iraq a “broken promise
Americans must continue to push for change

WASHINGTON — CODEPINK Women for Peace is disheartened by President Obama’s announcement this morning for troop withdrawal by Aug. 2010, later than his campaign promise, leaving residual troops until December 2011.

Americans voted for Obama largely based on his opposition to the war since its start, and his promise to end the occupation in 2009.

“While the move toward withdrawal is positive, this timeline and leaving tens of thousands of residual troops sounds more like occupation-lite than an end to occupation,” said Medea Benjamin, co-founder of CODEPINK. “But compared to the past eight years of moving backward, at least there’s an atmosphere now where we can continue to apply pressure on the administration to push forward.”

CODEPINK women call on Obama and his administration to immediately withdraw all U.S. troops, including residual forces from Iraq. Instead, the U.S. government should increase efforts in diplomacy, humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement. Continued troop presence will only encourage more armed opposition within Iraq and will not force the Iraqi government and Iraqi factions to negotiate power. In addition, with the continued presence of U.S. troops, the international community will doubt the U.S. commitment to withdrawal and will wait to invest in diplomatic and reconstruction efforts.

“Up to 50,000 troops is a big number to leave behind,” said Dana Balicki, CODEPINK campaign coordinator. “And there hasn’t been any word on military bases left in Iraq that will continue to drain billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers at a time where that money is very much needed at home. But the withdrawal, and a timeline, is a baby step forward from past policies. As citizens, it’s our job to move Obama to take giant strides.”

For interviews and more information, please call Jean Stevens, national media coordinator, at 646-723-1781.

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  • Sporkmaster

    “is disheartened by President Obama’s announcement this morning for troop withdrawal by Aug. 2010, later than his campaign promise, leaving residual troops until December 2011.”

    Moving that many troops takes time, you cannot just simply checkout like a hotel.

    “the U.S. government should increase efforts in diplomacy, humanitarian aid and refugee resettlement.”

    That is what the US forces are doing now. We are constantly trying to fix and improve Iraq for it’s people so they can live normal lives.

    “Continued troop presence will only encourage more armed opposition within Iraq and will not force the Iraqi government and Iraqi factions to negotiate power.”

    How is that? We have been keeping the violence between the diffrent groups down and have been makeing thm work together. For example the Sunnis are playing more of a part of the goverment then just boycotting the elections like they did in 2005.

    ““And there hasn’t been any word on military bases left in Iraq that will continue to drain billions of dollars from U.S. taxpayers at a time where that money is very much needed at home.”

    Considering the new stumulis bill that passed is more of a burden on taxpayers the the OIF and OEF have been.

  • Sporkmaster

    Here is another point on how troops can keep the peace and inprove people’s lives.

    I am sure that you know about the National Guard in LA that have been helping since 2005. But now that they are leaving the people are getting upset.

    http://www.nola.com/news/index.ssf/2009/02/national_guard_leaves_new_orle.html

    Also take a note at the comment in that artile too. Sending troops works and is a viable plan now. When I aked about Code pinks plan if they opposed sending troops, I was expecting some kind of workable step by step plan rather then some vage ideas that code pink expects someone else to figure out. It is just as bad as not haveing a plan at all.

  • http://godlessliberalhomo.blogspot.com/ libhomo

    If there are any US troops in Iraq in 2010, Congressional Democrats are in serious trouble.

  • Sporkmaster

    There will be troops past 2010. But the difference is that the troops that will be there will be used as in support role rather then independent action. Becuase even though the Iraqi army and police have taken the lead in most of the country, they still need and request training from US Forces.

    As there are several constriction jobs and city repairs that the Iraqi population want from the government to the local village elder. That is why not all of us are leaving right away.

    Also may I ask why not all of my comments have approved yet?

  • George..NC Hick

    How is all the “Hope & Change” working for you since Jan 20 2009 ?

    Seems like after hope was placed in President Obama..Nothing has changed.
    Yet I see no protest against Obamas war..very sad

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