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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ban permanent bases

[From United for Peace and Justice:]

The House will vote tomorrow (July 25) on bill to ban permanent bases in Iraq and to ban US control of Iraqi Oil.

Calls are needed!
Stop Empire Building! Ban Permanent U.S. Military Bases in Iraq!
Call your Representative
202-224-3121
Tell then to vote YES on HR2929


Talking points:

The perception in Iraq that the U.S. is planning a permanent, or decades long presence in their country has fueled the armed insurgency and been an obstacle to peace negotiations.

The U.S. has dozens of military bases scattered across Iraq, including at least four that the Pentagon identifies as "enduring."

(from the Friends Committee on National Legislation)

Background Information and Text of bill:
Although we have won this vote before, each time it has been part of a war funding bill, and the ban has applied only to the money in those bills -- thus the current ban on permanent bases will expire in September. This vote on HR2929 will be permanent ban. The bill also includes language prohibiting U.S. control of Iraqi oil. Unfortunately, the bill will be voted on under a strict rule which will require a 2/3 majority for the bill to pass.

Read more here.

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