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America First Party
1630 A 30th Street #111
Boulder, Colorado 80301

Wednesday, February 2, 2005

Support the Troops and Bring Them Home

Boulder, CO -- In response to this evening's State of the Union Address, National Party Chair Dan Charles issues the following statement:

"The America First Party took a principled stand in August 2002 opposing the invasion and occupation of Iraq on the grounds that Saddam Hussein was a threat to his neighbors and to his own people, but posed no threat to our nation or its people. We also believed that Al Queda was unconnected at the time to Iraq and invading and occupying that country would only serve to recruit new terrorists and bring them to Iraq and elsewhere. We later contended that the way this country went to war--without a congressional declaration of war--was unconstitutional. The facts since have only proved us right.

"President Bush, and members of Congress from both parties ignored our advice. Now that elections have been held in Iraq, we should move expeditiously to bring our troops back home. It is time for Iraqis to stand and defend their own nation and budding democracy. Our withdrawal from their nation should be accomplished quickly and in a manner that does not undermine the efforts of the vast majority of Iraqis who want to live in peace under laws of their own making, in a land not occupied by foreign troops. Funding for continued occupation should be rejected.

"The AFP supports our fighting troops, and is proud of the way the vast majority of them have conducted their mission, with courage and compassion. However, our elected officials and civilian leadership have let them down. We call on Congress to provide the troops with the resources to safely return home. No longer should they be abused and misused by being left needlessly in harm's way.

"Democrats now cry out against the war after they agreed to fund and fight it. Nowhere in our Constitution or Declaration of Independence does it obligate or encourage us to protect other nations from their own leaders or to expand our form of government by force of arms.

"There are many heartbreaking stories about tyrannical governments, but we were warned by our first president that we should avoid taking sides in the disputes of sovereign nations. We should serve as an example, championing liberty wherever it exists, but we ought not impose freedom from the barrel of a gun. We are a republic--we ought not seek empire.

"The cost of this war, both in blood and treasure, is staggering. The price of an Iraq free of Saddam Hussein has been too high. The cost to our moral authority both at home and abroad has been too great. It is time to bring our troops home."

Dan Charles, National Chairman, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 4
Romelle Winters, Press Secretary, 1-866-SOS-USA1, ext. 2


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