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(Cross posted from BoydaBloc)
After another report from General David Petraeus and Ambassador Ryan Crocker before Congress, Congresswoman Nancy Boyda's public statements seem to be very similar to the statements she made after their last update.

"When it comes to Iraq, I think everyone is rejoicing that we have increased stability," Boyda said. "The question is, what does that mean to our strategic readiness? What does it mean to our ability to defend our homeland?"

In a pair of articles in the Topeka Capitol-Journal and the Pittsburg Morning Sun, Boyda again called for a draw-down of US troops in Iraq- not necessarily for the preparations of total withdrawal, but so the ever worsening situation in Afghanistan can be address and our overall strategic readiness can be improved.

Boyda said military leaders were also increasingly concerned with the situation in Afghanistan. About 10 months ago, a National Intelligence Estimate reported that al-Qaida had regained its pre-9/11 strength in the border regions of Afghanistan and Pakistan.

"When we ask why we aren't addressing that more, we are told that Iraq is our number one priority," Boyda said. "But why and when did Iraq become the number one priority? It wasn't the number one priority on Sept. 12-13."

Boyda said she wasn't in favor of a large withdrawal, rather a slow and steady progression that would allow the U.S. to reset its military readiness. Boyda cited a quote from General George Casey, Army chief of staff, who said there was an "invisible red line" that would indicate the current operations can no longer be sustained.

Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said April 2, "I think we're close to (the red line) now."      

"While everyone rejoices in some stability in the region, the questions are two-fold," Boyda said. "One, will we be able to stay and hold on to that stability and two, at what cost could we do it? It's clearly having an affect on readiness moving forward.

"We're on uncharted ground," Boyda said. "There's no doubt in my mind that if we had another 9/11-type incident, we would be able to have an overwhelming and immediate response. The Air Force and Navy are ready (to respond quickly). The problem is sustaining that response. That's what we're hearing from senior military leadership."

Readiness has always been Boyda's reason for backing calls for a draw-down of troops in Iraq, in every public statements she's made since taking office.   The threat to our national security the War in Iraq has caused is becoming more and more real military officials, Members of Congress, and to the American people.

"We are in a volatile, dangerous situation," Boyda said. "The American people are waking up to the fact that having all our eggs in Iraq is not keeping us safer."

We're thankful for Congresswoman Boyda's dedication to keeping us all safe at home, and we're glad to see someone remember Iraq wasn't responsible for 9/11 and that we have allowed a very real threat come back to life in a different part of the world.

Originally posted to BoydaBloc on Thu Apr 10, 2008 at 06:58 AM PDT.

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  •  god, she's so reasonable... (1+ / 0-)
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    BoydaBloc

    it hurts.

    it's moderate logic like this that's going to keep this women in office for a long time.

  •  Awesome! (1+ / 0-)
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    BoydaBloc

    Working on her web site right now as a matter of fact. ;-)

  •  Past Time to Filibuster an End to This War! (1+ / 0-)
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    BoydaBloc

    A single act of bold leadership
    by Senator Clinton or Senator Obama
    could be instrumental in ending this war.

    If Senator Clinton and Senator Obama aren't willing to use the power they have now as U.S. Senators to end the war, what makes anyone think they will exercise bold leadership on January 20, 2009 ?

    If they fail to take action to stop funding the war that is killing our troops and the Iraqi people, we can only conclude that when their campaigns talk about ending the war, they are just using the memory of the fallen, the sacrifices of our troops, and the grief and pain of our families, for political gain.

    When the Senate takes up the next war funding bill, either one of them could lead a filibuster
    http://www.senate.gov/...
    refusing to stand down until their colleagues agree to vote against any bill that provides funding to continue the war

    Just how can we possibly make this happen?

    Call Senator Clinton and Senator Obama

    Also call your own two Senators.

    Bluntly, but politely, tell them you want them to filibuster the next war spending bill.

    Here are the numbers you need:
    Senator Hillary Clinton -- (202) 224-4451
    Senator Barack Obama -- (202) 224-2854
    Senate Switchboard -- (800) 828-0498

    Did Senator Obama mean what he said?

    "Let me be clear: there is no military solution in Iraq, and there never was. The best way to protect our security and to pressure Iraq's leaders to resolve their civil war is to immediately begin to remove our combat troops. Not in six months or one year - now."

    -- Sen. Barack Obama, September 12, 2007

    Did Senator Clinton mean what she said?

    "Our message to the president is clear. It is time to begin ending this war -- not next year, not next month -- but today."

    -- Sen. Hillary Clinton, July 10, 2007

    Join me with Military Families Speak Out to make this happen.  Yes we can!

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