Sent: Fri, 18 Nov 2005 23:34:50 +0000
Subject: Letter to Congress

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." I 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.

I 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 nation, Iraq.

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to further the justification for a preemptive attack, all military hostility should immediately cease and forces withdrawn from the violated country.

In the legal case, the falsely accused and incarcerated must be compensated and those responsible for all associated crimes should be held criminally libel.

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."

John McCarthy