LatinaLista — Today is the five-year anniversary of a war that when viewed through the lenses of history will not be kind to the people who perpetrated it. That’s a given.
But what is not a given is the future course of involvement, we as a nation, must pursue with regard to Iraq.
So far, in this war, 11% of American casualties have been identified as Latino/a soldiers. It is the second highest percentage after white soldiers at 74.73%. African Americans comprise 9.4% of casualties, Asian – 1.4%; American Indian or Alaskan Native stands at 1.02% and Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander is at
In an unprecedented act of unity, several congressional candidates from eight states have joined with several retired high-ranking military officials to be the first signers to a document that has five goals:
1. Responsibly end American military engagement in Iraq.
2. Restore Constitutional checks and balances.
3. Utilize diplomatic power.
4. Address humanitarian concerns.
5. Restore military might and dignity.
6. Restore media independence.
7. Create a new U.S.-centered energy policy.
All of these components are tied into a document that debuted today as A Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq.
The “Responsible Plan to End the War in Iraq” was unveiled today in Washington DC at the Take Back America conference.
Most of the congressional candidates, who are currently running for office in their respective states have decided the gamble to their professional aspirations by signing on to this document before the elections, is worth it if it means restoring the country’s national and international reputation and bringing the troops home without further loss â€” from either Americans or the Iraqi civilians.
The authors of this plan have done their homework and have uncovered the fact that the solution to responsibly leaving Iraq has been before the nation all along â€” just obscured by manipulative rhetoric.
We know what history will say about the leaders of this country during this time, but do we really want the same said of its people?
The American people do not need to wait for a new Congress and new administration to pursue this agenda: public pressure on our current elected officials to act can help us move in the right direction even before January 2009, when we hope a new presidential administration and a new Congress will avail themselves of the opportunity to addressthe great challenges we face as a nation. We are aware that facts on the ground will change moving forward, and the legislation is included just to show that a responsible end to the war is possible given the political will.
To monitor the growth of legislative and popular support this plan should attract, updates will be recorded at www.responsibleplan.com.
Though we may differ on who we want for President, what is to be done about illegal immigration, etc., I think we can all agree that one more young widow, one more young soldier, one more parent and one more child are all too high a price for a war that will have no end unless the people exercise the political will to change the course of this country’s destiny.
For that reason, Latina Lista pledges full support for this plan and asks readers to read the plan for yourself and make your own decision.