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We've always been a bit duped by our leaders in this country, but never to such a degree, never before with such horrific consequences.

I wish we could leave. I wish we'd never gone to Iraq. But the majority of the American people and the majority party of our congress can't seem to convince the white house that there is no time that will be better to withdraw than now, before another drop of blood is spilled.
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Also, not to worry about the Marines in Fallujah. They will hand over al Anbar to Iraqis when they can secure the area for themeselves. I think you can take this general at his word.

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I cannot tell you how sorry I am for what your country has done. I worked in Iraq as a private contractor and saw an unbelievable waste of money and a shocking amount of greed. Please know that there are some of us, even the profoundly guilty ones, who pray that your nightmare will end. We came to your country with our own agenda and not pure hearts. The truth is: there is no way to make this up. There is no way to resolve a breech of faith so deep. All I can say is I'm sorry. The US reputation has damaged severely. But the Iraqi people have been literally destroyed. May God forgive us for this konteyner tragedy.

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Poetry

Take the Pledge

All Presidential Candidates should make pledges like those below. If they refuse, then you should refuse to vote for them.

1. No More Oil Wars.

2. Work for independence from foreign oil on day one.

3. No more wars for corporate profit.

4. No more secret deals for $4 per gallon gas.

5. No more Chicken Hawks promoting wars of choice when they themselves avoided combat.

6. Make government green--if you can't make what you have the most control over green, I don't care about your plans to make the country green.

7. No more torture.

8. No more lying about torture.

9. No more re-defining torture.

10. No more drunken hunting.

11. No more secret deals with big corporations to divide up the spoils before the war even starts.

thepoetryman

The following poem was inspired from my visit last week to Inside Iraq.


LEAVE

Grown teeth and groomed black box
Lighted by the sun’s last step
Moving with a whales majesty
Through the wary sea of red streets.
The royal land now grown slack
To the weight of screeching blasts
Through all the black occupied days
Where shrapnel and glass trump flowers
In all the gardens of home; as your heart
Wants you spirited and questioning this lifting
Of your children, of your people in the dry
Wash of stale munitions; the national pride
Of youth rearing up in bloody rebellion
Against those that would call them sons and daughters.
Alone you can snap it off, pierce the bloody boil
Growing in the teeth and black boxes covered with soil.
This last step is pointed at the fuming flames
And asking, imploring of them to leave.

© 2007 mrp/thepoetryman

Dulaimy

Thank you all for your comments. many are afraid of what can happen if the troops withdraw, i am too. but please notice things here are getting worse for every one, the troops and the people... when a man picks a fight HE FIGHTS IT otherwise dont pick a fight, i think the way to solve this, is to make the Iraqi politicians realize the Americans are leaving (their Daddy) and if that happened you will see them reconcile and make things better. It is fear factor that is holding every one back and it needs someone with guts (but with a plan)..

sfks

As we have learned in the last seven years, the will of the people of the United States means as little to our leaders as the will of the people of Iraq means to our leaders. We've always been a bit duped by our leaders in this country, but never to such a degree, never before with such horrific consequences.

I wish we could leave. I wish we'd never gone to Iraq. But the majority of the American people and the majority party of our congress can't seem to convince the white house that there is no time that will be better to withdraw than now, before another drop of blood is spilled.

Heather Ann

I will definately share this!

Lesly

The U.S. won't leave until the Iraqi parliament signs the IMF-backed oil bill. That's the only "benchmark" that sadly matters.

shano

Beautifull post....
Bush has 28% approval now. Unfortunately we need at least 60% of Congress to pass a bill for withdrawl that will survive a Bush veto. I hope they can come to a compromise

We also need that percentage to impeach Bush and throw him out of office. (my preference, he is a disaster in every catagory)

If there is no withdrawl by Oct. 2008, a Democrat will win the presidency on this platform.
It is unbelievable to me how Bush, with so little support, is able to bully all of us. It is sickening.

Thank you for your great writing.

thepoetryman

That should read- "...only those experiencing such a boiling heartache could possibly understand."

thepoetryman

I hope you and your group are safe and sound as I write this.
There is no greater heartache I would imagine than to watch all this unfold in your own homeland. The death alone is staggering. To watch as your culture is torn away for oil; for hegemony. You can disregard those that say you are foolish to want the US to leave for it is the only way your country will heal. The delusions of Bush and his supporters will soon find themselves hungry with regret and filled with sorrow.

Your post has stirred my muse and she is stringing words together for my next post. I will spread your message far and wide. It is perhaps the most worthy message for it weeps for true freedom and with the knowledge that only those experiencing such a boiling heartache.

Peace,
Mark (thepoetryman)

Perry

"Payback is a bitch."

What payback? The U.S. will go merrily on its way,whatever happens in Iraq. Leave today,and the American people save 100's of billions. I suppose that's a nice payback. Iraq,on the other hand,will have genocide on a massive scale. We can read all about it on page 12,between the comics and crossword puzzles. Like Vietnam,Lebanon,and Somalia(other "paybacks" in U.S. history),Iraq will become a cesspool that nobody gives a squat about. Be careful what you wish for....because it might just happen.

A Sad American

This is what happens when the government runs amok. When lies are told to advance a war against people who did not attack us in America. This is a result of hundreds of years of western oppression of the third world. Payback is a bitch. Maybe now America won't be so quick to interfere in other countries business. George Bush and Dick Cheney need to be tried at the hague and found guilty and sent to abu gahrib prison.

Perry

Iraq will be a failed state if the U.S. leaves now. Another Somalia. Not a single Sunni political party has denounced Al Qaida,much less the "resistance" groups allied with the terrorists,but you think everyone will sing kumbaya when the U.S. leaves? Tell that to the Shia militias duking it out all over the south,where the U.S. has no presence.

Mom of Son

First, my sincerest apology for what has happened to your people and your country. The devastation visited upon generations of innocent Iraqis is beyond belief, and most Americans honestly want peace for your and your country.

If you really want BushCo to leave your country, simply refuse to sign the 75/25 oil law, and let them know that you will NEVER sign it. I can't see Cheney allowing this occupation to end until he and Bush's family get their piece of your oil.

PEACE

Reese

(I made several typos)

I cannot tell you how sorry I am for what our country has done. I worked in Iraq as a private contractor and saw an unbelievable waste of money and a shocking amount of greed. Please know that there are some of us, even the profoundly guilty ones, who pray that your nightmare will end. We came to your country with our own agenda and not pure hearts. The first thing I noticed when I arrived there was how the military and the contractors never trusted the Iraqis. They even called them all 'hajiis' in a very patronizing manner. The truth is: there is no way to make this up. There is no 'solution'. There is no way to resolve a breech of faith so deep. All I can say is I'm truly sorry. The US reputation has been damaged severely. But the Iraqi people have been literally destroyed. May God forgive us for this tragedy.

Reese

I cannot tell you how sorry I am for what your country has done. I worked in Iraq as a private contractor and saw an unbelievable waste of money and a shocking amount of greed. Please know that there are some of us, even the profoundly guilty ones, who pray that your nightmare will end. We came to your country with our own agenda and not pure hearts. The truth is: there is no way to make this up. There is no way to resolve a breech of faith so deep. All I can say is I'm sorry. The US reputation has damaged severely. But the Iraqi people have been literally destroyed. May God forgive us for this tragedy.

ljm

The lead story on the news on the radio when I was in my car today said Congress is digging in their heels on the money Bush wants for the war. They are sticking to their demand that their be some sort of timeline for troop withdrawl from Iraq. Of course, Bush's people refuse, but Congress is sticking to their demands. Maybe your message got read by someone in Congress, Dulaimy. You never know who is reading on the internet:) I suspect if your parliament makes good on their pledge to vote for the troops to withdraw, the Republicans will have no choice here, but to consider the troop withdrawl request. Good luck over there.

janinsanfran

Yes -- you've said it. I got as close to your part of the world last year as I could (Amman, Damascus) and everyone said the same. The U.S. must just GO!

ljm

Also, not to worry about the Marines in Fallujah. They will hand over al Anbar to Iraqis when they can secure the area for themeselves. I think you can take this general at his word.

http://www.voanews.com/english/2007-05-17-voa73.cfm

ljm

Well said. I'll post this entry everywhere I can. At this point, if your parliament votes to tell the troops to leave, the Republicans in congress will probably go along with their wishes. As for the troops leaving on a schedule, there are so many of them and so much equipment, it will take months for them to complete a withdrawl. More Americans than you know are sorry for the war in Iraq and all the loss the people there have suffered. There are smart and talented people in Iraq. You will find your way. Tell all the outsiders to let you find your way on your own and if you need help, you'll ask for it.

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