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News :: Organizing
Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
10 Apr 2006
by wsws (reposted)


On Tuesday, April 4, 32 communities in the state of Wisconsin voted on referenda calling for the immediate withdrawal of all American military forces from Iraq. Of these areas, 24 voted for immediate withdrawal, and eight voted against. In the Milwaukee suburb of Shorewood, 70 percent voted for immediate withdrawal.
The referenda results represent a major embarrassment for both big-business political parties in the US, as well as for the media, which consistently present the Bush administration’s “war on terror” as enjoying a popular mandate, while attempting to marginalize any opposition. What these referenda reveal is that while the war may be fully supported by the media and big-business politicians, it is widely opposed by the broad masses of ordinary people in the US.

Significantly, when the same choice was put before the US Congress in November of last year, only 3 congressmen—less than 1 percent—voted for immediate withdrawal, and 403 against. Both the Democratic and the Republican candidates in the 2004 presidential elections were in favor of continuing the war in Iraq indefinitely.

The broad popular opposition to the war revealed by the referenda immediately provoked defensive remarks and denunciations from the Bush administration.

“I think all Americans want our troops to come home,” White House press secretary Scott McClellan said, reciting a familiar line. “I think most Americans recognize the importance of succeeding in Iraq as well. I think most Americans want to see our troops achieve victory. That’s what’s important.” “The worst thing we can do is withdraw before the mission is complete. That would be retreating and that is exactly what the terrorists want us to do.”

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Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
10 Apr 2006
Yes, I agree. We should have all Wisconsin towns withdraw from Iraq and return to Wisconsin immediately where they belong.
Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
11 Apr 2006
But only 15% of the public, according to ABC/Wash Post poll today, wants immediate withdrawal. Could it be that Wisconsin is not "a major embarassement" as the author above postulates?
Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
11 Apr 2006
Have you not seen the cheese hats?
Bring Them Home Now!
12 Apr 2006
Wisconsin residence are right. Like so many other states. When are the Massachusetts politicians going to listen to us?
Bring our soldiers home now. This is another Nam. And I remember that era.
Both wars, for corporate war profiteers.
When the hell will we learn?
Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
12 Apr 2006
The Politicians are listening. The American people don't like the Iraq War. But outside of places like Cambridge and Madison, which are let's face it full of folks who can't hack raising normal families in normal comminities, very few Americans want to pull troops out now, like this week. Who wants to admit that maybe, just maybe, Bush might have been right, and Osama will use the place to launch more attacks? And with gas going to $3 a gallon, what politician wants to upset the already confused and scared oil market?

Just enough war to prevent somebody from reproaching us later: "I told you so". But not so much that we can't tell Bush: "I told you so".

The Dollar will collapse soon. That will end it all.
Oil will be unaffordable. Government will be unaffordable. Schools will be unaffordable. Military takeover. Problems solved.
Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
12 Apr 2006
is wisconsin bad? is cheese good for my health?
Re: Wisconsin Towns Vote for Immediate US Military Withdrawal from Iraq
13 Apr 2006
Cheese hats are cheesy