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Cost of War in Iraq



Cost of the War in Iraq

The ‘Cost of War’ campaign is a grassroots effort to uncover the true cost of the Iraq war and bring those facts before everyone in our community. And we have the power to get these answers!

Our Strategy: It is the duty of our elected officials to give the people they represent a straightforward accounting of the cost of war. They vote to fund the war. We demand that our representatives in DC (Congressman Wu and Senators Wyden and Smith) and our state officials (who must pay for the deployment of the Oregon Guard to Iraq) use the resources available to them to communicate with all their constituents and answer the following questions:

  • How much money has been spent to fight and occupy Iraq?
  • How much will be required in the future?
  • What needs have gone unmet and what programs have been cut to pay for the war and occupation?
  • How do you plan to address the war profiteering and funds missing in Iraq?
  • What will it take to fully fund returning veterans benefits packages to insure that they and their families have the care they deserve?
  • What will it take to fully fund returning veterans benefits packages to insure that they and their families have the care they deserve?
  • Why are we building permanent bases in Iraq?
  • Is this the best way to create security in our country?

Our Tools: The ‘Cost of War’ campaign will help concerned people in our community to raise our voices in effective ways. We will use the powerful tools of coordinated letter writing, petitioning, community meetings, vigils, press releases, and one-on-one conversations in order to get a full accounting of the occupation of Iraq. These simple tools, when done together in a coordinated campaign, are among the most powerful pro-democracy actions people can take.

Take action now! With the Occupation of Iraq becoming more fearsome every day, with no end in sight, we must unite and pressure our elected officials to end this disaster. The first step is to get a full accounting of the true cost of war.

Contact Columbia County Citizens for Human Dignity or the Rural Organizing Project for an information packet, an easy-to-use petition, and a schedule of upcoming events.