/*PenDragn: Village Voice Reports on Bush Reality Check on the Streets of New York yesterday*/

9.21.2006

Village Voice Reports on Bush Reality Check on the Streets of New York yesterday

Excerpts Anti-War Crowd Dogs Bush at the U.N.:

Inside the UN, Bush pledged to the Iraqi people: "We will not abandon you in your struggle to build a free nation."

But outside, Raed Jarrar, an Iraqi activist now working with the U.S. peace group Global Exchange, accused the Bush administration of undermining Iraqi efforts to run their country. "Eighty-seven percent of the Iraqi population are requesting an end for this illegal occupation," Jarrar told the crowd, citing a recent poll. He noted that a majority of Iraq's legislators have also supported a timeline for U.S. troop withdrawal. But U.S. officials lobbied to strip that language from the "peace" plan approved by the Iraqi Parliament in June. "If this administration doesn't have any strategies to stay in Iraq or to leave Iraq, at least support the strategy that Iraqis are fighting and dying for," Jarrar complained.

"We don't need a babysitter to protect Iraqis from each other."

That sentiment was shared by Tim Goodrich, an Air Force pilot who flew bombing runs in Iraq in advance of the U.S. invasion. "I get emails all the time from military folks overseas who say keep doing what you're doing, because you guys are going to be the ones who bring us home," says Goodrich, a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. "They don't know what they're fighting for. There's no definition of what success would be, or an exit strategy. All we get is one lie after another."