Fallujah Assault Brings New Anti-War Rhetoric

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:22 PM EDT

(CNSNews.com) - The U.S. assault on Fallujah is prompting some disgruntled military families to once against take their anti-war and anti-Bush views public.

The fighting in Fallujah brings "predictions of casualty levels not seen since major battles in the Vietnam War," the families said in a press release issued on Tuesday.

"Military families with loved ones currently serving in Iraq -- in Fallujah, Ramadi, Samarra, Baghdad and other areas -- have deep and continuing concerns about the failed policies of the Bush Administration in Iraq that are putting their loved ones, all of our troops and the people of Iraq at such grave risk."

The press release names ten military families who are making themselves available for media interviews. They complain that the "U.S. military occupation of Iraq" is the problem, not the solution.

"This reckless military misadventure, this war based on lies, has already resulted in the death of over 1,130 U.S. troops; perhaps 100 times that number of Iraqi children, women and men; and the physical and psychological wounding of tens of thousand more soldiers and Iraqis," the families said.

"Military Families Speak Out calls on the Bush Administration and the U.S. Congress to immediately halt the assault on Fallujah, and make the decision and plans necessary to end the occupation of Iraq and return all troops to their home duty stations."

The families named in the press release all have sons, husbands or brothers serving in the U.S. military.

The Massachusetts-based Military Families Speak Out, formed in Nov. 2002, describes itself as an organization of people who oppose the war in Iraq.

"As people with family members and loved ones in the military, we have both a special need and a unique role to play in speaking out against war in Iraq. It is our loved ones who are, or have been, or will be on the battlefront. It is our loved ones who are risking injury and death. It is our loved ones who are returning scarred from their experiences. It is our loved ones who will have to live with the injuries and deaths among innocent Iraqi civilians," the group's website says.

The group has participated in various anti-war rallies and vigils and it also lobbies members of Congress.

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