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Reform Movement Policy

On March 12, 2007, the Union’s Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees overwhelmingly adopted the Resolution on the War in Iraq 2007, opposing an escalation of U.S. troops in Iraq and calling on President Bush to set and announce a specific timetable for the phased withdrawal of troops.

In February 2007, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) passed the proposed Resolution on the War in Iraq 2007 at its North American board meeting in Philadelphia.

At the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial in Houston in November 2005, the General Assembly overwhelmingly adopted a resolution on the War in Iraq that called on the Bush Administration to develop a clear exit strategy. In June 2006, the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) passed a resolution reaffirming the positions the Union adopted at the biennial as well as raising issues of energy independence, progressive taxation to cover the expense of the war, and the consideration of a national draft to support our country’s armed forces.

In September 2002, during the run up to the invasion of Iraq, the Union adopted a position on the prospect of unilateral action by the U.S. against Iraq. This position was an important part of the debate leading up to the adoption of our current resolution on the war. Also, in June, 2004, the CCAR also adopted a resolution that raised concerns about the false claims on which the war in Iraq was based, the abuse of prisoners, the need to be visibly and strongly supportive of our military personnel, and the need to set a clearly-defined and measurable exit strategy for the withdrawal of Coalition military personnel from Iraq.


Background

Iraq Study Group: Baker-Hamilton Report
On December 6, 2006, the Iraq Study Group (or the so-called Baker/Hamilton Commission), an indepedent, bipartisan group convened at the urging on Congress, released its assessment of the situation in Iraq and recommendations for change, The Iraq Study Group Report: The Way Forward - A New Approach .

New Way Forward: President Bush's Proposal
Announced on January 10, 2007, President Bush's New Way Forward focuses on the security, political, economic, and regional aspects of the conflict.

Alternative Plans for Iraq

General Information on the War
For general information on the war and the history of Iraq, a few academic and news media sites have helpful information:


Legislative Update

Many bills related to the United States’ continued military presence in Iraq have been introduced in the 110th Congress in the House of Representatives and the Senate.

S.470: A bill to express the sense of Congress on Iraq
Sponsored by Senator Carl Levin (D-MI)

S.Con.Res.2: A concurrent resolution expressing the bipartisan resolution on Iraq.
Sponsored by Senator Joseph Biden (D-DE)

S.Con.Res.7: A concurrent resolution expressing the sense of Congress on Iraq.
Sponsored by Senator John Warner (R-VA)

S.Res.70: A resolution expressing the sense of the Senate that the Commander of Multinational Forces-Iraq and all United States personnel under his command should receive from Congress the full support necessary to carry out the United States mission in Iraq.
Sponsored by Senator John McCain (R-AZ)



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