Letter To Congress
November 18, 2005
After Representative John Murtha called for a
change in direction in Iraq policy yesterday, the White House said it was "baffled" by his position.
I wanted to let
you know today that I am not baffled by the courageous stand taken by Rep. Murtha, a Vietnam combat veteran with oversight
responsibility for defense spending.
A consistent majority of Americans have questioned our direction in Iraq for
more than six months. I want you to know that I am heartened to see this member of Congress exercising his leadership responsibilities,
including accountability for sending Americans to war.
Please don't buy into the Administration's claim of being baffled.
Representative Murtha speaks my mind and that of most Americans when he says:
Iraq cannot be won "militarily."
said two years ago, the key to progress in Iraq is to Iraqitize, Internationalize and Energize. I believe the same today.
But I have concluded that the presence of U.S. troops in Iraq is impeding this progress.
Our military has done everything
that has been asked of them, the U.S. can not accomplish anything further in Iraq militarily. It is time to bring them home.
will work with the American Friends Service Committee, John Murtha, and others to work for a political solution to this war.
The Bush Administration either hand picked or created "intelligence" to justify the preemptive attack on a sovereign
This is equal to a prosecution presenting fabricated "evidence" to compel a jury to convict a defendant.
In the legal case, when the newly found evidence, sometimes classified as "fraud on the court" is presented to the
appealate review panel, the original charge is either dismissed or a new trial is ordered, depending on the potential for
a new conviction.
In the political case for justifying a preemptive war through imminent threat of attack, when it
becomes abundantly clear that the "evidence" to justify the attack was fabricated, skewed or otherwise "created" to further
the justification for a preemptive attack, all military hostility should immediately cease and forces withdrawn from the violated
In the legal case, the falsely accused and incarcerated must be compensated and those responsible for all
associated crimes should be held criminally liable.
In the Political case, the offending aggressor nation must repair
and repatriate all victims and property affected by crimes against peace and crimes against humanity.
If there is evidence
of war crimes, so be it. We hanged nazi's after WWII for similar crimes. The US Prosecuter at Nuremberg War Crimes Trial said
before the court: "The standards by which we judge these defendants today are the standards by which we will be judged tomorrow."