Hold Their Feet to the Fire!

The recent election, widely hailed as a referendum on the Iraq war and American foreign policy, handed a victory to the Democrats – but who will hold their feet to the fire?

We will. We must – if the promise of the 2006 landslide for peace is to be fulfilled.

People thought they were voting for a new course in American foreign policy, but will they get what they voted for? The new Congress, swept into office on a wave of antiwar sentiment, is not guaranteed to pursue any of the goals of the antiwar movement.

Prominent among those goals:

  • An investigation into how and by whom we were lied into war.
  • The announcement of a definite timetable for the withdrawal of U.S. troops.
  • A regional settlement of the outstanding issues between Iran and the United States, beginning with negotiations in good faith with Tehran and a ratcheting-down of the rhetoric emanating from Washington.

Very few members of Congress are committed to the above, and all too many are outright opposed. The American people thought they were voting for peace – but they may very well wind up with something quite different, unless we force the Democrats to follow through.

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Updated November 13, 2006 - 9:25 PM EST
Panel to Offer Few Good Options
  Democrats Push for Troop Cuts Within Months
  Pelosi Endorses Murtha as Next Majority Leader
  McCain and Lieberman Want to Send More Troops to Iraq
  Bush's Advisers Adopt New Tone on Iraq
Bloody Sunday: 217 Iraqis, 7 US/UK Troops Dead
  Monday: 2 GIs, 105 Iraqis Killed; 2 GIs, 47 Iraqis Injured
  Baghdad's Morgues So Full, Bodies Being Turned Away
  Baghdad Central Morgue Took in 1,600 Bodies in October
  Iraq PM Calls for Cabinet Shake-Up
Palestinians Agree on New PM
  Academics and Technocrats to Head New Palestinian Government
  Rice: Syria Is a 'Dangerous State Behaving in a Dangerous Manner'
Insurgent Activity Rising in Afghanistan
   Foreigners Among 60 Suspected Insurgents Killed in Afghanistan Op
  UK Minister Slams US for Not Cooperating in Friendly-Fire Probes
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