President Bush is expected to announce tonight during an address to the nation an increase in US troops in Iraq by some 20,000. Peace groups, led by Win Without War and True Majority, have formed a coalition called America Says No to make clear the vast opposition to an escalation of the Iraq war. In a recent poll conducted by USA Today/Gallup, only 12 percent of those surveyed wanted to send more troops to Iraq, while 54 percent wanted to either withdraw immediately or withdraw by January 2008.
The coalition, of which the Feminist Majority is a member, is planning events nationwide on Thursday, January 11 to deliver an immediate and direct response to Bush’s speech that the American people say no to more troops in Iraq. The Iraq war has already cost the lives of more than 3,000 US service members and some 600,000 Iraqis, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
The new Democratic leadership in Congress has already demonstrated its intent to fight any increase in troops in Iraq. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) in the Senate have already called on President Bush to make a plan to bring troops home. Senator Edward Kennedy (D-MA) announced yesterday in a speech at the National Press Club his intention to introduce legislation that would cap the number of troops in Iraq at their current level and freeze any additional spending on an escalation in Iraq “unless and until Congress approves the President’s plan.”