Residents Protest as Lawmakers React to Bush Plan

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Many local residents strongly opposed to the President's plan took to the streets Thursday evening to make their opinions known. The so-called "emergency rally" was coordinated through MoveOn.org, which showed some-500 similar rallies across the country.

"They don't want to tell us about what's going on in Iraq," said protestor James Irving. "They don't want to tell us anything, and I don't want anymore Americans to die."

From the loudest to the softest-spoken, a few dozen people lined up at Texas Avenue and University Drive to protest President Bush's new way forward, urging rejections from the average citizen.

"Some of them are clearly for us," said Anthony Giarratano of the many drivers who passed their protest, "and some of them, I think, maybe had some thinking to do after they left. Hopefully they look into things."

They also urging rejections of the new plan from lawmakers.

"We feel like the November elections were a mandate to set a timetable for bringing the troops home," said protestor Phyllis Jacoby.

Key Texas lawmakers weighed in on the issue as well. Upon hearing of the protest near his local office, Congressman Chet Edwards released this statement:

"As a father of two young sons, I will hope and pray that the president's new plan will bring stability to Iraq, but my primary concern is whether the Iraqi government has the will and competence to crack down on militias and to bring about a political reconciliation between Sunnis and Shiites. If the Iraqi government doesn't fulfill its commitment to this new plan, then no amount of U.S. troops can solve problems of sectarian hatred and conflict in Iraq. "

Senator John Cornyn spoke Thursday in support of the President's plan, though he acknowledged critics.

"If it shows some success, then the American people will support it," Cornyn said. "But right now, I think they're skeptical, and we'll just have to wait and see and hope for the best."

So, it seems, will a group of protestors, who vow not to silence their calls for change.

"We'll keep having them until the troops come home," Jacoby said.


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