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Don’t spend any more money on this

Dear Editor:

September is decision month on continuing our occupation of Iraq, now going on four and a half years at a cost of $449.5 billion with Colorado’s share at $6.87 billion. The Bush administration is expected to ask for $143 to $193 billion more in another supplemental appropriation. This would be on top of our annual military budget of approximately $460 billion. Congress can end the occupation/war by voting down this appropriation.

There is enough money already allocated to safely phase our troops out of Iraq. Iraqis tell me there could be more bloodshed when we leave, but they will work things out ” we are just prolonging the violence.

Do not be fooled by the double talk of people, like Representative Mark Udall, who say I do not support the Iraq war but vote for appropriations to fund it. One funds what one supports. I support our troops, but by bringing them home and ending the suffering. As of Sept. 6, 3,760 U.S. soldiers had been killed in Iraq, at least 27,767 wounded and 297 killed in Afghanistan, plus a minimum of 71,302 Iraqis killed, but the number is more likely around a million with more than 4 million displaced from their homes.

Call your senators (Ken Salazar and Wayne Allard) and representatives (John Salazar and Mark Udall) at the Congressional switchboard (202) 224-3121 and ask them to vote against the supplemental appropriation.

Cathleen Krahe