January 17, 2007

Support the troops: Bring them Home

Today, in the House of Representatives, the Bring Our Troops Home and Sovereignty of Iraq Restoration Act was introduced. It will:

-- Withdraw all U.S. troops and military contractors from Iraq within six months from the date of enactment.

-- Accelerate, during the six-month transition, training of a permanent Iraqi police force.

-- Prohibit the continued funding, except for the redeployment of troops currently in Iraq, of combat troops to Iraq.

-- Prohibit any permanent U.S. military bases in Iraq. (Despite official denials, bases are under construction, including one that includes a miniature golf course and a Pizza Hut).

-- Authorize, if requested by the Iraqi government, U.S. support for an international stabilization force, which would stay no longer than two years.

-- Prohibit U.S. participation in any long-term Iraqi oil production sharing agreements before the enactment by the Iraqi government of new regulations governing the industry.

-- Authorize an array of non-military assistance in Iraq, including reconstruction of a public-health system, destruction of land mines, recovery of ancient relics, and distribution of compensatory damages for civilian casualties.

-- Honor the sacrifice of our servicemen and women by providing full funding for every health-care treatment and benefit that they are entitled to under current law.

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