WASHINGTON - March 15 - The drumbeat for censure of the President grows for his reckless refusal to tell the Congress and the American people the truth about his reasons for invading Iraq.
Win Without War and its member organizations, including MoveOn.org, True Majority and Working Assets, together have gathered more than 600,000 petitions and messages urging censure. Many of the participating organizations have seen explosive growth since the rev-up to the war began. MoveOn.org alone has increased its membership from 400,000 to more than 2 million, largely on the strength of its opposition to the Bush war effort.
Win Without War organizations and their members are highly motivated and mobilized over the Iraq misadventure. In addition to the campaign to censure the president, they will be part of a continuing set of actions through 2004, and their numbers will continue to grow, said Tom Andrews, National Director of Win Without War, which led a massive Virtual March on Washington and several thousand vigils last year to try to stop the attack on Iraq.
TV ads will run this week in Washington and New York, along with a full-page New York Times. Additional ad buys around censure and other actions will follow.
These experts are available to discuss the war and provide alternative voices for your programming to the Bush Administration happy talk about the Iraq fiasco:
Tom Andrews -- Former Congressman (D-ME) and member of the House Armed Services Committee, National Director of Win Without War, a coalition of national organizations that has challenged the invasion from the beginning and continues to confront the recklessness of the Bush Doctrine of unilateral engagement. The coalition offers a mainstream, patriotic voice for engaging opinion makers, activating concerned citizens, and communicating to the media.
Peter Schurman Executive Director of MoveOn.org and coordinator of its growing effort to convince Congress to censure George W. Bush for misleading it and the country about weapons of mass destruction, misstating the truth about Iraqs nuclear weapons capability and inventing ties between Iraq and Al Qaeda.
Larry Johnson - Larry C. Johnson is a former Deputy Director of the U.S. State Departments Office of Counter Terrorism, who has spoken out for censure of Bush. Earlier, he worked for the Central Intelligence Agency and is an expert in the fields of terrorism, aviation security and crisis and risk management. Johnson is CEO and co-founder of BERG Associates, LLC, an international firm that helps multinational corporations and financial institutions identify strategic opportunities, manage risks, and counter threats posed by terrorism and money laundering. He is a Republican who supported and raised funds for George W. Bushs 2000 presidential campaign.
Melvin A. Goodman - Melvin Goodman, also an advocate of censure, was division chief and senior analyst at the Office of Soviet Affairs, Central Intelligence Agency, and a senior analyst at the State Departments Bureau of Intelligence and Research. He is the author of several books including The End of Superpower Conflict in the Third World and National Insecurity: US Intelligence Reform. He is a senior fellow at the Center for International Policy and has been an adjunct professor of government at American University since 1996.