Stop the War

The Senate voted Wednesday on legislation cosponsored by Senator Bernie Sanders to redeploy U.S. forces from Iraq. "There is no other way to describe it. The war in Iraq is a disaster," Sanders said.

"Today, I voted for legislation to start bringing our troops home within four months and have virtually everyone out of Iraq by the end of next March.

"Today, I voted for legislation to start bringing our troops home within four months and have virtually everyone out of Iraq by the end of next March. The war in Iraq, which President Bush misled us into, has been a disaster. The American people know it. The Iraqis know it. The shrinking coalition that backed the invasion in the first place knows it. Only President Bush and his blind loyalists are ignoring reality by refusing to change course in Iraq. This amendment would allow for a responsible, phased redeployment that will remove our service members from the crossfire of an escalating civil war in Iraq. It would also send a clear message to the Iraqi people themselves that they must begin to work through the difficult issues that will be necessary to create a stable and lasting peace. It will also allow us to better focus our energies on combating the very serious problems of international terrorism."Our country has lost some 3,300 soldiers - while 24,000 others have been wounded. Tens of thousands more will come home with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. There are estimates that as many as 500,000 Iraqis have died. Over 2 million Iraqis have fled their country and another 2 million have been displaced as a result of violence and 'ethnic cleansing.' "At a time when our country has a record-breaking national debt, the war in Iraq has cost us almost $500 billion, and the final cost will almost certainly be more than $1 trillion. Meanwhile, because of our continued occupation in Iraq, demagogues like Osama bin Laden are able to rally Islamic fanatics around the world, and the number of terrorist attacks grows higher and higher. The time is overdue for a change in Iraq - for us to bring our troops home, to engage Iraq's neighbors and the international community in a diplomatic solution, and to support those elements in Iraq who want to create a stable Iraq with economic assistance."The strongest legislation to date on ending the Iraq, it lost 29 to 67Read The Associated Press report on the Senate vote here: http://www.breitbart.com/article.php?id=D8P5HVS00&show_article=1