Schedule for Stop Attacks on Syria & Close Gitmo events September 3-15, 2013 Tuesday, September 3, 2:00pm, Hart 216: Senate Foreign Relations committee hearing on Syria with Sec State John Kerry & Sec Def Chuck Hagel. Meet at 1 6:30 pm: White House protest with ANSWER Wednesday, September 4, 12 pm: House of Representatives Foreign [...]
If you're feeling skeptical after hearing President Obama's latest speech on the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, you're not alone. It's hard to know what to make of a President and an administration that brings over 90,000 troops homewhile ordering 50,000 soldiers along with 75,000 military contractors to remain. There are still some 150,000 personnel in Iraq and the US is supposed to be completely out of the country by 2011. That's next year. Bringing home thousands by the end of this August is a good step, but we really need to step on it. Unfortunately, the State Department is dragging its heels as much as the Pentagon and wants to hire 6,000 - 7,000 more staff and train them like soldiers. While working under the auspices of the State Department, these new personnel would have the status of “diplomats.” But who ever heard of a diplomat trained like a soldier and armed with a gun?