24 August 2005
From Democrats.com we hear: "Last week, two organizations seeking an end to the Iraq War, began collecting signatures on a petition to Congress calling for an exit strategy. Thus far over 13,000 signatures have been collected on the websites of Progressive Democrats of America (PDA) and Peace Action. The petition, whose chief author is PDA Cofounder Tom Hayden, can be read at here. The language and arguments of the petition don't seem very sophisticated, and the signees claim to know what "Iraqis themselves" want. It's always a little suspicious to me when the full scale of Iraqi opinion is bundled together in support of one cause or the other. Furthermore, even the first point on the withdrawal plan seems downright naive: "the U.S. government must declare that it has no interest in permanent military bases or the control of Iraqi oil or other resources." But at least people are talking about what the next steps should be. If you agree with the petition, sign it before the 15th of September when it will be delivered to Congress.