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Fifty active duty officers to deliver Iraq pullout petition to Congress

Brian Beutler
Published: Tuesday January 16, 2007
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Just before noon today, a petition signed by a thousand members of the military will be delivered to Congress by about 50 active-duty officers. The petition calls for the withdrawal of all troops from Iraq.

According to Liam Madden, spokesman for the affiliated group Iraq Veterans Against the War, the petition will be received on behalf of the "out of Iraq caucus" by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH), a 2008 presidential candidate. However "all appeals are getting faxed to the representatives of the districts of the signatories."

Long scheduled to be delivered at the end of the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday weekend, the petition is accompanied by a brief letter.

"As a patriotic American proud to serve the nation in uniform, I respectfully urge my political leaders in Congress to support the prompt withdrawal of all American military forces and bases from Iraq," reads the letter as posted online at Appeal for Redress. "Staying in Iraq will not work and is not worth the price. It is time for U.S. troops to come home."

Madden acknowledged that, because it can't be guaranteed that every member of Congress represents at least one signatory, not every member will necessarily receive a copy of the petition. But he added that the group plans to canvas the halls of Congress today to deliver the petition to any individual members that will receive them.