Monday, October 23, 2006

Pryce is Wrong About "Staying the Course" in Iraq

Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce (OH-15) is wrong about her assertion to "stay the course" in Iraq. As a nation, we cannot afford to stay the course: we are losing our service members in record numbers and the financial bleeding is unprecedented.

Democratic candidate for Ohio's 15th congressional district, Mary Jo Kilroy, has said repeatedly, "Stay the course is not a strategy, it’s a slogan. We need to change the course."

Without a strategy to fight, maintain, and leave Iraq, this administration has allowed our troops to be caught in a war without a plan. When the generals offered advice, Bush and Rumsfeld derided them and ignored their expertise. Now our young men and women are being targeted by insurgents in Iraq.

Our nation's fatalities continue in Iraq, according to the Iraq Coalition Casualties site. We've lost 2800 of our military so far and, unfortunately, the death toll continues to increase on a daily basis.

Just as Mary Jo Kilroy said that we must change the course, we must still do more. The only way to change the course is to vote for Democrats, get the corrupt Republicans out of DC, and set a new agenda. That new agenda must include a withdrawal, redeployment, or whatever we want to call it, and get our loved ones home.

US News and World Report has a few things to say about the Kilroy - Pryce battle in central Ohio:
Ohio's 15th Congressional District race should have been an easy slide into an eighth term for moderate Republican Rep. Deborah Pryce. It's been anything but.

Pryce is the fourth-highest-ranking Republican in the House and the highest-ranking woman in the Republican majority. Her slide has run into two major obstacles: the Abramoff lobbying scandal and then the Foley page scandal....

...Franklin County Commissioner and Democratic challenger Mary Jo Kilroy immediately took out ads on Christian and conservative radio stations, to appeal to family-values-oriented listeners. The Associated Press reported: "The ad...blames Pryce for standing by House Speaker Dennis Hastert, complaining that he looked the other way when warned of Foley's behavior." Pryce claims her poll numbers have since rebounded from a 12 percent lag behind Kilroy. She's trying to shift the race away from national concerns and back to her record of service for Columbus-area and central Ohio voters.

But you've got to give Kilroy's ad campaign team an A for effort. A recent TV ad, dubbed "The Pryce Is Wrong" and done game-show style, accuses Pryce of voting to cut funding for veterans' benefits....

And from CNN...
Sixty five active duty service members are officially asking Congress to end the war in Iraq -- the first time active troops have done so since U.S. invasion began in 2003.

Three of the service members will hold a press conference Wednesday explaining their decision to send "Appeals for Redress" under the Military Whistleblower Protection Act to their members of Congress. Under the act, National Guard and Reservists can send communications about any subject to their member of Congress without punishment.