Feingold: Use the Power of the Purse
Friday, January 12, 2007
Sen. Russ Feingold had an op-ed piece in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and posted on Daily Kos that suggest that Congress might need to use the power of the purse to not just prevent the escalation of the war in Iraq, but to begin to effectively redeploy our troops out of Iraq. Here is what Feingold wrote...
By RUSS FEINGOLD
Keeping our brave troops in Iraq indefinitely is having a devastating impact on our national security and military readiness.
That's why I have consistently advocated that we set a timetable to redeploy our troops from Iraq. But the president refuses to set a timetable, even though the American people soundly rejected his Iraq policy in November. Instead, the president has announced he wants to send approximately 20,000 more troops.
We should be redeploying our troops out of Iraq, not sending in more.
Conditions in Iraq are deteriorating, the strain on our military is increasing and the threats we face to our national security elsewhere in the world continue to grow. We can't afford to wait any longer. Congress must use its main power - the power of the purse - to put an end to our involvement in the war in Iraq.