Petition Donald Rumsfeld to STOP the IRR Marine Involuntary Recall


This week the Pentagon announced yet another massive involuntary call up from the Individual Ready Reserve (IRR), intended to be deployed only in case of national emergency. But for the Bush administration, there is no honorable commitment by our servicemen and women that they will not abuse for the purpose of expediency. Instead of facing up to their wrong-headed policies which have had such a negative impact on our military, they force our national guard troops into overseas combat, callously extend tours of duty, impose stop-loss orders, and now again drain our IRR to fill regular boots on the ground.

Is it any wonder that the grossly counter-productive result has been the increasing reluctance of our citizens to make a commitment to military service, or that it has gotten increasingly tougher to get those who have served to re-enlist? Those who serve with honor must be treated with honor, their promises from the government must be fulfilled, and they should not be called to sacrifice even more because this administration will not face up to its political responsibilities and change their disastrous course in Iraq.

Many of us have a family member or friend who has already been affected directly by the failure of leadership of the Bush administration. Our loved ones may have been killed or injured, or face that grim chance every day, just so that Bush can style himself a "war president". Cloy, the son of my own campaign manager, is a patriotic American who enlisted in the Marines at the age of 17, received the Presidential Unit Citation for serving honorably in Iraq, only to struggle to find employment stateside by corporations who preach "Support our troops". And it now appears they will take him again back into harm's way under the IRR.

Send your personal message to the department of Defense and your members of Congress now. Tell them your OWN story. And tell them the back door drafts must stop now.

The one click form below will send your personal message to all your government representatives selected below, with the subject "Stop the Back Door Draft." At the same time you can send your personal comments only as a letter to the editor of your nearest local daily newspaper if you like.


This alert is brought to you through the activism of Veronica Hambacker, running for the U.S. House in the 8th Congressional district, and one of the leading progressive voices in the state of Missouri. Veronica won her primary with your help and will your continued loyal support with be victorious for also in November.

Veronica wants to keep running the call to action radio spots that that have been so effective in rallying her constituents, including contributing to the pressure which finally brought about a cease fire in Lebanon. Veronica thanks you for your courage in speaking out. Please make whatever contribution you can to help her encourage others to raise their voices as well.


Nobody can predict how a particular race will turn out. But we know that the spots we ran on impeachment had tremendous secondary impact, as TWO other groups were inspired to run their own call to action ads on this issue as a result of the investment we made in this action. If you are able to do so, please make whatever donation you can to continue the stand we are taking on issue after issue.

Please take action NOW, so we can win all victories that are supposed to be ours, and forward this message to everyone else you know.

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