The charade continues: President Bush spent a few hours of his Labor Day in Iraq -- you may have seen his photo on CNN or in your paper. While there, he talked about "progress" and even suggested he might be willing to withdraw some troops -- of course he's said that in 2003, 2004, and now in 2007.
It is all make-believe -- a carefully crafted facade to try to buy more time to win a victory anyone with any sense knows isn't coming.
Iraq is not a media battle, and it can't be won by photographs, White House "progress reports," or false proclamations of success.
It's a real war, with real guns and real tanks and real explosives.
And real Americans are dying.
We got into this war based on lies, make-believe, and well-orchestrated dog-and-pony shows.
It is time for the truth: WE MUST END THIS WAR NOW. And we can't end it until we start bringing all of our troops home.
I am out there speaking the truth every day -- everywhere I go, to everyone I can find. But it's hard for any truth to be heard over the double-talk and misrepresentation coming out of DC, especially this week. General Petraeus is due to release a report that we all expect to be chock-full of White House spin. And you can bet Bush will try to use the anniversary of September 11th to distract America from the disaster he's created in Iraq.
Democrats elected Democrats to end this war, and Congress reconvened this week with a clear mandate. Unfortunately, to date, while members of Congress talk about ending the war, they have yet to actually do it. It's time to stop the politics and the posturing and get it done.
And if Congress can't get it together to force Bush to end this war, then we'd better make sure our next President is prepared to do it their first day in office. I will start on my first day in office; and I will leave no troops behind.
It is time to end the war, reject the charade, and bring all of our troops home as quickly as we can. That's the truth."
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