Letter from United Auto Workers Opposing Escalation
of the War in Iraq
January 12, 2007
During the coming weeks Congress
will be considering a number of measures relating to President Bush’s plan to expand
the number of U.S. troop in Iraq. The UAW strongly opposes this proposed
escalation of U.S. involvement
We urge you to support measures that will redeploy and bring U.S. troops
President Bush has belatedly
admitted that his policies in Iraq
have not been working. The reason, as is now plainly evident, is that Iraq is
embroiled in a civil war between rival ethnic and religious factions. The U.S. cannot
solve this internal civil war. Only Iraq’s leaders can do this, through
politically negotiated agreements between the rival factions. Increasing American
troops only postpones the day when Iraq’s leaders will have to assume
responsibility for the future of their own country.
The UAW applauds the heroism and
dedication of the U.S. troops
who have performed so magnificently in Iraq. We believe they should
continue to receive whatever funding and support is necessary to protect them.
But we also believe it is
fundamentally wrong to send more U.S.
troops into harm’s way by placing them in the midst of the sectarian conflict
It is wrong to send more troops into battle based on a plan that cannot solve
this internal civil war.
In our judgment, it is
particularly noteworthy that President Bush’s troop surge plan ignores the
advice and recommendations from many leading U.S. military commanders, as well
as the bipartisan Iraq Study Group. These military leaders and respected former
government officials all recognize that the troop surge plan will not work.
Instead, it will only serve to inflame the conflict in Iraq and
inflict even greater casualties on American troops. Moreover, it will put
further unwise and unacceptable strains on our nation’s military forces, and
detract from our ability to combat terrorism and strengthen our homeland
As we now know, President Bush’s
decision to invade Iraq in
March 2003 was based on erroneous assertions that Iraq
possessed weapons of mass destruction that were a threat to the United States.
Under a banner trumpeting “Mission Accomplished,” President Bush subsequently
announced on May 1, 2003 that major combat operations had ceased in Iraq.
Now, after almost four more years of conflict, over 25,000 brave American soldiers
have been killed or wounded. Yet President Bush is now proposing to compound
his mistaken policies by further escalating U.S.
military involvement in Iraq.
The UAW urges Congress to
exercise its constitutional responsibilities by rejecting this mistaken and counterproductive
response to the situation in Iraq.
Instead, we urge you to support measures that will decrease U.S. military involvement in Iraq and bring our
Thank you for considering our
views on this critically important national issue.
Sincerely, Alan Reuther, Legislative Director