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As the New Year approaches, we are told that the President is considering the deployment of tens of thousands of additional troops to Iraq in the desperate hope of subduing the burgeoning civil war there.
This is a chilling prospect that threatens to compound the tragic mistakes he has already made over the last four years.
In 2002, I strongly opposed the invasion of Iraq because I felt it was an ill-conceived venture which I warned would "require a U.S. occupation of undetermined length, at undermined cost, with undetermined consequences." I said then that an invasion without strong international support could drain our military, distract us from the war with al-Qaeda in Afghanistan and further destabilize the Middle East.
From the Democratic National Committee
Bush No Longer Listening To Commanders On Troop Levels In Iraq
Washington, DC - After insisting that troop levels in Iraq would be determined by the commanders in the field, President Bush said today during his news conference that the recommendations of his military leaders are just one of many factors that will determine whether he orders an upsurge of thousands more American troops in Iraq. President Bush is reportedly leaning toward a surge, despite reports that the Joint Chiefs of Staff unanimously oppose Bush's proposal to send more troops to Iraq without a clear mission, because the White House has been confounded by its limited options in Iraq. [Washington Post, 12/19/06]
DNC: When Will Bush Listen?
Washington, DC - While President Bush continues to distance himself from the important recommendations of the Baker-Hamilton Commission, both the American people and our military commanders are supporting the work of the bipartisan group. A recent Newsweek poll found that Americans back the study group's "recommendations by a two-to-one margin," and that sixty-two percent of Americans "want the Bush administration to set a timetable for withdrawal." [Newsweek, 12/9/06]
from the Democratic National Committee
Washington, DC – Today, it was reported that Senator John McCain has tapped controversial Republican operative Terry Nelson to be his presidential campaign manager. Nelson was implicated in the New Hampshire phone jamming scandal, Tom DeLay’s money laundering scandal in Texas and oversaw the creation of an ad against a Democratic Senate candidate in 2006 that many observers believe was overtly racist.
from the Democratic National Committee
The Republican Do-Nothing Congress Still Doing Nothing
Washington, DC - Even after voters rejected the failed Republican congressional agenda in the midterm elections and called for a new direction for America, the "do-nothing" Republican Congress still refuses pass needed spending bills and tackle the pressing problems that the American people face. The Republican-controlled 109th Congress will have "spent the least time in session of any in at least half a century," instead leaving important business to wait until the next Congress. [Washington Post, 12/3/06]
Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean issued the following statement:
The Center for Alliance and Justice
Insurance Industry Profits At Record Highs in All Sectors
New Report Confirms Auto Insurers Experiencing "Unprecedented Profitability"
From the SavetheInternet.com Coalition: Consumer groups, local government representatives, small and large Internet companies, and thousands of Michigan residents
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DNC: Bush Once Again Ignores Reality In Iraq
Washington, DC - Today, President Bush once again refused to acknowledge the facts on the ground in Iraq. In a week when major news outlets agreed that Iraq is now mired in a civil war and when U.N. Secretary General Kofi Annan said that "we are almost" seeing a civil war, President Bush continues to stick by his stay-the-course rhetoric. [Washington Post, 11/27/06; Today, NBC, 11/27/06; MSNBC, 11/27/06] According to the Associated Press, President Bush declared "that an al-Qaida plot to stoke cycles of sectarian revenge in Iraq is to blame for escalating bloodshed, refusing to debate whether the country has fallen into civil war." [AP, 11/28/06]
DNC: Martinez And Abramoff: The GOP's New Direction?
Washington, DC - With disgraced former GOP superlobbyist Jack Abramoff headed to jail yesterday, it is clear that Washington Republicans are not ready to abandon their culture of corruption. [AP, 11/15/06] In fact, new Republican National Committee Chairman Senator Mel Martinez, who used to head the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) earlier in the Bush Administration, also has ties to Abramoff. Martinez was directly lobbied by convicted former GOP Congressman Bob Ney on behalf of Abramoff's clients, who ultimately received millions from HUD. Martinez has also refused to return $250,000 that Abramoff helped raise for his Senate campaign in 2004.
DNC: The Bush Economy Continues With New Record Deficits
Washington, DC - President Bush's fiscal irresponsibility continues unabated as the latest Treasury Department report shows that the "federal government started out its new budget year with a slightly higher deficit than last year as revenues and spending for October both set records." The "deficit for October totaled $49.3 billion, up 4.3 percent from" last year. The department also reported that "the deficit for the current 2007 budget year is expected to resume rising." So far, President Bush has "presided over the three largest deficits in U.S. history in dollar terms." [AP, 11/14/06]
DNC: GOP Continues Trickery at the Voting Booth
Washington, DC - An article in today's Washington Post labels Maryland Republican Governor Bob Ehrlich and his Lt. Governor Michael Steele as key architects in a desperate scheme to trick African American voters in Maryland during last week's mid-term elections. These efforts by Maryland Republicans are just one example of despicable efforts on the part of the GOP to intimidate and deceive American voters. Michael Steele whose name is now being floated as a possible replacement for RNC Chairman Ken Mehlman, knowingly hired out of state workers to canvass African American communities, handing out misleading literature which falsely claimed Steele received the support of prominent African American Democrats. [The Washington Post, 11/13/06]
DNC: Rumsfeld and Cheney Stay The Course
Washington, DC - Yesterday during an interview with the Associated Press, President Bush said he "wants Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and Vice President Dick Cheney to remain in his administration until the end of his presidency, extending a job guarantee to two of the most-criticized members of his team." [AP, 11/1/06] Despite their numerous faulty predictions and assertions, President Bush remains completely loyal to two architects of his failed Iraq policy.
DNC: GOP "Southern Strategy" Alive and Well Republicans Refuse to Take Down Racist Ads
Washington, DC- After promising the African American community that the Republican "Southern Strategy" had been put to rest Ken Mehlman and the Republican Party are up to their old divisive and backward tricks using racist innuendo to try to win elections.