4,000 Deaths Too High a Price

As the death toll of American soldiers has reached 4,000 in the U.S. occupation in Iraq, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-9) released the following statement:
“This is a sad milestone and my thoughts and prayers are with the families of the 4,000 soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice for their service.
“This great loss is a stark reminder that President Bush’s failed and disastrous policies have real and tragic consequences. It is a stark reminder that even in the midst of the Iraq recession, nothing compares to the human costs of this war and occupation. It is a stark reminder that our nation was misled into a senseless war that now must end.
“The best way to honor these brave men and women is to fully fund the redeployment of our troops and contractors from Iraq and invest the billions of dollars in monthly savings in supporting our nation’s veterans, including the more than 28,000 wounded in Iraq.”
Congresswoman Barbara Lee (CA-9) is Co-founder of the Out of Iraq Caucus, Co-Chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and sits on the House Appropriations Committee, where she serves on the Labor, Health and Human Services, Education Subcommittee, the State Foreign Operations Subcommittee and is Vice-Chair of the Legislative Branch Subcommittee.