West Virginia Patriots for Peace asks WV Congressional Members and Candidates to endorse Exit Strategy for Bringing Troops Home

Charleston, WV – Exit strategy outlines concrete steps to improve the situation in Iraq and set the stage for all U.S. troops to come home safely and with honor by December 31, 2007.

Today West Virginia Patriots for Peace held a press conference announcing a plan for an immediate measured withdraw of all troops, military contractors, and U.S. corporations backing the U.S. occupation. The group wants West Virginiaís congressional delegation, along with the candidates running for these offices, to endorse an exit strategy that sets the stage for all U.S. troops to come home safely and with honor by December 31, 2007. While bringing the troops home will not cure all of Iraqís problems, WVPFP believes that this is the first step toward securing a better future for Iraqis and the American people.

So far, this war and occupation has cost 17 West Virginians their lives and has deprived our state of over $893 million. With more than 2,500 U.S. casualties and over 18,000 wounded, ten of thousands of Iraqis dead, and more than $315 billion spent and the remaining members of the international coalition packing their bags, the only question that remains is not when but how to bring home U.S. troops.

This press conference comes at a time when polls reveal that a majority of Americans, Iraqis, and US Troops serving in Iraq, believe it is time to bring our troops home and end the U.S. occupation of Iraq.

On display was the Wall of Remembrance with the names of the more than 2500 U.S. military personnel who have died in the war in Iraq. WV PFP holds weekly vigils in Charleston on Court Street every Friday from 12-1 p.m. to bring attention to the ongoing U.S. occupation of Iraq.