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The war in Iraq began two years ago, on a promise of security—and a web of deception. Now the mistruths have fallen away—and 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 democracy—and peace—remain 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 violence—and 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.

Someone needs to take a stand. Here's the deal: that someone can be you.

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 facts—or 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:

  1. Acknowledge that the U.S. was misled into the war in Iraq

  2. Advocate for a responsible exit plan with a timeline

  3. Support our troops at home and abroad

As we sign the pledge, our names will appear on the Democracy for America pledge map. Let's fill it from coast to coast—so 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.

Thank you,
Jim Dean
Democracy for America

P.S. You can view other Americans who have signed the pledge by visiting:

Originally posted to Jim Dean on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 09:40 AM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  You Got It (none)
    Thanks, Mr. Dean.

    "When you starve the beast, you starve the people. And the bathtub was a reference to New Orleans." -- bink

    by bink on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 09:34:34 AM PDT

  •  Hey Jim Dean ! (none)
    Thanks for posting this here.  

    Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

    by TeresaInPa on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 09:37:08 AM PDT

  •  recommend so that others can see (none)
    the link.  

    I really would like to be out sooner than later.  

    Liberal, Christian, Feminazi, Mom.

    by TeresaInPa on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 09:39:29 AM PDT

  •  Really good idea!!! (none)
    Public Servants.  Indeed, that's what we need.


    3-D Republicans=deception, disservice and debt

    by hannah on Tue Oct 11, 2005 at 09:51:04 AM PDT

  •  Thanks! (none)
    Just incase anyone missed it.  Today's CBS poll has support for the war at only 32%--the lowest ever.  We didn't see such a reaction against the Vietnam war until it was nearly over (in the 70s)
  •  Great! (none)
    Jim -- great initiative.   It will be fascinating to watch those dots spread.

    You might want to repost this later in the day - it seems to have been pushed down already.  And maybe ask DFA people to recommend!


  •  Way to go, DFA and Jim Dean (none)
    Good move....we need to keep the pressure on, especially to dems in Congress who are wavering on taking a stand on this illegal war. Will the nightmare EVER end?????? Not without pressure from the people.
  •  Missing important 4th point: (none)
    4. Pledge NOT to build or maintain permanent military bases in Iraq.

    If point #4 is not included, the rest are eyewash.

  •  dfa and jim dean (none)
    thank you jim for standing up. I agree with the last poster that said not to continue building bases in iraq.
    6 billion a month for what??
  •  Thanks Jim (none)
    I appreciate DFA making a statement about this.  If you remember the people at the DFA fundraiser last Fri. in Chicago were pretty outspoken about having DFA address this.  Thanks
  •  great idea (none)
    Re-posting Blog for America items of wide interest, as dkos diaries, is a great idea!  I hope you continue it, and watch the comment threads here when you do.

    I like the suggestion from a previous poster, that the pledge have another element: We want political leaders to assert that the US is not interested in a large permanent presence in Iraq.  Though it's probably too late to change the pledge after people have started signing it :)

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