The war in Iraq began two years ago, on a promise of securityand a web of deception. Now the mistruths have fallen awayand we can see a presidency, and American prestige, sunk in a quagmire.
The cost: almost 2,000 American lives lost. $300 billion spent. A growing tab for our children and grandchildren, in the form of the largest budget deficit in American history. And for the Iraqi people, a stable democracyand peaceremain nowhere in sight.
We captured a tyrant, but made no provision for keeping the peace. An insurgency took off. Terrorists moved in. And now, we have a country at the heart of the Middle East breeding extremist violenceand verging on civil war.
This is unacceptable. We have to address this issue, and resolve it. But from Washington, we hear little but presidential excuses and the quiet wringing of hands.
Take the pledge to send to Washington only those leaders with the courage to face the Iraq mess head-on. Do it today:
We can shake our heads at Bush, and shake our fists at the Congress. In the end, though, we make the Congress. We elect it. It answers to us. And in 2006 and 2008, we can get Congress' attention by telling our elected officials to face the factsor go home.
Use your power. As the time draws closer to select candidates for the next United States Congress, pledge the following:
I pledge to only support candidates who:
As we sign the pledge, our names will appear on the Democracy for America pledge map. Let's fill it from coast to coastso that candidates and the media can't help but see it.
Why sign the pledge? Because you know America can't afford to take more of this. It's time for the public servants we sent to Washington to face the truth.
We expect our leaders to show courage and honor for the sacrifices of our soldiers in Iraq. The best way to do that: by facing the crisis that has killed thousands, emptied our treasury, and destroyed our credibility.
You have shown that courage. Let's tell Washington we expect it to do the same.
Democracy for America
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