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    Stop the Stop-Loss

    September 5th, 2007

    My friend Mary Hanna held a press conference to help focus local attention on the efforts of her son, Evan Knappenberger, to bring legal action against the US Army’s Stop-Loss program. You can read more about his efforts at TowerGuard.org.

    Evan has released an email explaining his recent actions, reproduced below:
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    Albemarle High Grad., Iraq Vet. in National News

    August 30th, 2007

    Mother to make statement in Charlottesville on Friday
    For Immediate Release: August 30, 2007

    WHAT: Statement by Mary Hanna

    WHEN: 10:00 a.m. ET, Friday, August 31, 2007

    WHERE: 308 Parkwood Place in Woodbrook (Take 29 N to Woodbrook Drive [Lowes and Kohr Bros]. Turn east on Woodbrook. Go to the stop sign. Turn left on Brookmere. Go to the next stop sign. Turn right on Idlewood. Go two blocks. Turn left on Parkwood. It’s the second house on the right.)

    Evan Knappenberger of Charlottesville, Va., a graduate of Albemarle High School and a veteran of the Iraq War, has appeared on national television news shows and in numerous national and international media outlets this week.

    On Wednesday, the Washington Post published a lengthy profile that included these lines:
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    June 8th, 2006

    Abu Musab al-Zarqawi has been blown up. Great. The Administration apologists will be all over the talk shows insisting that this is a “turning point” in Iraq. (As The Washington Post pointed out, there have been at least nine other turning points in the last three years. If this is counted as the tenth turning point, one could argue that Iraq has turned so many times that it’s now heading back in the same direction from which it came).

    The site of U.S. troops picking their way through a demolished shack looking for DNA samples isn’t exactly raising the flag at Iwo Jima, but it’ll do. I say this is an excellent opportunity for the White House to hang up a big “mission accomplished” sign and bring our troops home.


    March 18th, 2003