How shall we respond to the latest from Gen. Petraeus?

Hi. It’s Christy once again. Did you watch the testimony yesterday from Gen. Petraeus and Amb. Crocker? What should the reaction be? 

Last time General Petraeus came to Congress with a report on Iraq, there was an uproar about MoveOn’s “General Betray Us” characterization that prompted a swift repudiation by Congress.

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Michael Masley, an anti-war activist and street artist based in Berkeley, CA, is asking now if we can’t prompt another swift response from Congress while Gen. Petraeus is in town to testify to Congress. Masley would like Congress to resolve that they and/or all Cabinet members will repudiate profits that they might earn from investments in the ongoing war. He has lobbied Rep. Barbara Lee to introduce such a resolution.

An Associated Press report this week indicates that our legislators have considerable holdings that might enrich them as a result of war.

Lawmakers heavily invested in defense“The [Washington-based Center for Responsive Politics] review of lawmakers’ 2006 financial disclosure statements suggests that members’ holdings could pose a conflict of interest as they decide the fate of Iraq war spending. Several members earning money from these contractors have plum committee or leadership assignments, including Democratic Sen. John Kerry, independent Sen. Joseph Lieberman and House Republican Whip Roy Blunt.

Members of Congress have as much as $196 million collectively invested in companies doing business with the Defense Department, earning millions since the onset of the Iraq war, according to a study by a nonpartisan research group.”

Is this the time to address the Blood-for-Oil problem? Should those governing the country promise to eliminate the profit motive from any war-related actions?

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One Response to “How shall we respond to the latest from Gen. Petraeus?”

  1. Larkrise Says:

    Petraeus is a mouthpiece and flunky for the Bush Administration. He will say whatever they tell him to say. He will blame Iran, obfuscate, spin and distort the truth to please his lord and masters, Bush/Cheney. In the end, I hope his alliance with such dishonorable men taints his reputation forever. Anyone who insists on prolonging this war has the blood of thousands of American soldiers and millions of Iraqis on their hands. They deserve to go down in infamy.

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