A Progressive Alamedan

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Wednesday, March 21, 2007

We really need to make sure Stark is fighting HARD ENOUGH

I called Congressman Stark's office today - something I don't do that often.

First off, I wanted to give his office some feedback regarding the movement to end the occupating in Iraq. Some readers here might be members of MoveOn and voted in a poll of whether to support Nancy Pelosi's plan. Unfortunately, it just doesn't have any teeth in it. Barbara Lee's amendment does. The problem is now that MoveOn is pushing for a very ineffectual bill.

That's one thing I talked to Stark's office about, encouraging him to Support Barbara Lee's amendment. Afterwards, I found that actually he's one of the few people calling Pelosi's bluff:

“The best way to keep [the troops] safe is to bring them home,” Stark said. “It’s difficult to oppose [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). She’s a great leader and working wonders to get this passed, but some things I can’t vote for.”

He added that if the resolution fails, “It won’t look good, like the Democrats can’t get their act together, but that’s OK. We can write a better bill.”

The other big thing I talked about has to do with not letting Congress effectively give a green light to an Iran invasion. Pelosi is doing just that.

If George W. Bush launches a preemptive war on Iran, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will bear full moral responsibility for that war.

For it was Pelosi who quietly agreed to strip out of the $100 billion funding bill for Iraq a provision that would have required President Bush to seek congressional approval before launching any new war on Iran.

Dear reader, if you care about getting us out of Iraq and keeping us out of Iran, please call Stark's office at 510-494-1388 or 202-225-5065 and encourage him to support Barbara Lee's amendment to get us out of Iraq, and opppose Pelosi's removal of a provision that would require congressional approval to attack Iran.


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