From the Chicago Tribune via the Huffington Post – The White House, repeatedly asked if President Bush is planning anything to mark the fourth anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq on Monday, has suggested that the president is going about business as usual.
…the president has his eyes fixed on another date: The House’s upcoming debate and vote on a war spending bill that includes timelines for withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq which the White House pledges to veto — as well as “porkbarrel” spending which the White House is criticizing, such as $74 million for peanut storage. In his weekly radio address today, the president argues that “the consequences of imposing such an artificial timetable would be disastrous,” and issues this challenge: “Many in Congress say they support the troops, and I believe them. Now they have a chance to show that support in deed, as well as in word.”
Sen. Patty Murray of Washington State, in delivering the Democratic Party’s radio response today, says flatly: “My fellow Democrats and I believe it is time to bring this war to a close.”
Noting that the anniversary on Monday carries with it an American death toll of 3,200, Murray says: “Unfortunately, this is a reality President Bush and a majority of congressional Republicans still refuse to recognize. They want to stay the course. They want to ignore the lessons of the last four years. They want to commit America to an open-ended civil war. ”
» Original Chicago Tribune blog article.
At the weekend the whole world marched in protest:
Protesters march against Iraq war
Thousands of demonstrators have been holding anti-war rallies as the anniversary of the US-led invasion of Iraq nears.
In Washington, thousands braved cold temperatures to march to the Pentagon carrying placards denouncing the war.
Tuesday marks four years since the war began. Tens of thousands of Iraqis have died as well as some 3,200 US troops.
Protests took place in other US cities including Los Angeles, in European capitals and in Australia.
In Los Angeles, police estimated that up to 6,000 people demonstrated in anti-war rallies which included flag-draped coffins being carried through the streets of Hollywood.
Spain’s protests were the largest in Europe, with some estimates putting the number of people taking part at 100,000.
In the capital, Madrid, protesters waved placards denouncing President Bush and former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar for “war crimes”.
Film director Pedro Almodovar was among those who took part.
He said he was present to protest against “the barbarities they have been committing in Iraq for the past four years”.
In the Turkish city of Istanbul, more than 3,000 took part in protests, carrying signs reading “Bush go home” and “We are all Iraqis”.
Hundreds also gathered to voice their opposition to the Iraq war in the Spanish cities of Seville, Cadiz and Granada as well as the European capital cities of Athens, Copenhagen and Rome.