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    Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    The Honorable George W. Bush
    President of the United States of America
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President,

    This March will mark the beginning of the 4th year of the war in Iraq. In contrast, U.S. involvement in WWI came to an end after 19 months. Victory in Europe was declared in WWII after 3 years 5 months. In the Korean War, a cease-fire was signed after 3 years and 1 month. But after more than three and a half years into the war in Iraq, your administration finally produced what is called a "Plan for Victory" in Iraq.

    Iraq is not the center for the global war on terrorism. I believe Iraq has diverted our attention away from the fight against global terrorism and has depleted the required resources needed to wage an effective war. It is estimated that there are only about 750 to 1,000 al-Qaeda in Iraq. I believe the Iraqis will force them out or kill them after U.S. troops are gone. In fact, there is now evidence that Iraqi insurgent groups are increasingly turning against al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorists.

    Our country needs a vigorous and comprehensive strategy for victory against global terrorism. The architect of 9/11 is still out there but now has an international microphone. We must get back to the real issue at hand - we have to root out and destroy al-Qaeda’s worldwide network……………..

    Our military presence is the single most important reason why the Iraqis have tolerated the foreign terrorists, who account for less than 7 percent of the insurgency. 93% of the insurgency is made up of Iraqis. Once our troops are re-deployed, the Iraqis will reject the terrorists and deny them a safe haven in Iraq. The Iraqis are against a foreign presence in Iraq of any kind……………..

    Recently, Iraq’s National Security Adviser accused U.S. negotiators of going behind the back of the Iraqi government on talks with insurgents, saying the process could encourage more violence. He said, "Americans are making a huge and fatal mistake in their policy for appeasement and they should not do this. They should leave the Iraqi government to deal with it… The United States should allow the new Iraqi government to decide on how to quell the insurgency."

    In December 2005, an ABC News poll in Iraq produced some noteworthy results. 57% of Iraqis identified national security as the country’s top priority. When asked to rate the confidence in public institutions, they gave Iraqi police a 68% confidence level, the Iraqi army 67%, religious leaders 67%. But the U.S./U.K. forces scored the lowest, a mere 18%.

    The longer our military stays in Iraq, the more unwelcome we will be. We will be increasingly entangled in an open-ended nation building mission, one that our military can not accomplish amidst a civil war. Our troops will continue to be the targets of Iraqis who see them as interfering occupiers.................. [CONT AT SITE]

    http://www.house.gov/murtha/

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Quote Originally Posted by Phinnly Slash Buster
    Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    The Honorable George W. Bush
    President of the United States of America
    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
    Washington DC 20500

    Dear Mr. President,

    This March will mark the beginning of the 4th year of the war in Iraq. In contrast, U.S. involvement in WWI came to an end after 19 months. Victory in Europe was declared in WWII after 3 years 5 months. In the Korean War, a cease-fire was signed after 3 years and 1 month. But after more than three and a half years into the war in Iraq, your administration finally produced what is called a "Plan for Victory" in Iraq.

    Iraq is not the center for the global war on terrorism. I believe Iraq has diverted our attention away from the fight against global terrorism and has depleted the required resources needed to wage an effective war. It is estimated that there are only about 750 to 1,000 al-Qaeda in Iraq. I believe the Iraqis will force them out or kill them after U.S. troops are gone. In fact, there is now evidence that Iraqi insurgent groups are increasingly turning against al-Qaeda and other foreign terrorists.

    Our country needs a vigorous and comprehensive strategy for victory against global terrorism. The architect of 9/11 is still out there but now has an international microphone. We must get back to the real issue at hand - we have to root out and destroy al-Qaeda’s worldwide network……………..

    Our military presence is the single most important reason why the Iraqis have tolerated the foreign terrorists, who account for less than 7 percent of the insurgency. 93% of the insurgency is made up of Iraqis. Once our troops are re-deployed, the Iraqis will reject the terrorists and deny them a safe haven in Iraq. The Iraqis are against a foreign presence in Iraq of any kind……………..

    Recently, Iraq’s National Security Adviser accused U.S. negotiators of going behind the back of the Iraqi government on talks with insurgents, saying the process could encourage more violence. He said, "Americans are making a huge and fatal mistake in their policy for appeasement and they should not do this. They should leave the Iraqi government to deal with it… The United States should allow the new Iraqi government to decide on how to quell the insurgency."

    In December 2005, an ABC News poll in Iraq produced some noteworthy results. 57% of Iraqis identified national security as the country’s top priority. When asked to rate the confidence in public institutions, they gave Iraqi police a 68% confidence level, the Iraqi army 67%, religious leaders 67%. But the U.S./U.K. forces scored the lowest, a mere 18%.

    The longer our military stays in Iraq, the more unwelcome we will be. We will be increasingly entangled in an open-ended nation building mission, one that our military can not accomplish amidst a civil war. Our troops will continue to be the targets of Iraqis who see them as interfering occupiers.................. [CONT AT SITE]

    http://www.house.gov/murtha/

    The only thing he got wrong was at the very begining. It was the word he used after Dear Mr.

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Congressman who?

    The war on terrorism is not in Iraq? So...that means it must be in...um...because the terrorists are in...ah....where is that place again?
    Last edited by pwrone; 02-06-2006 at 09:38 AM.

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Washington?

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Quote Originally Posted by dustyrhodes
    Washington?
    CSPAN TODAY!!

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    I don't know much about the war in Iraq but initially i saw the president as acting as a dictator, but now i think he's okay. He seems to be personable and friendly. He's a bit arrogant in the office but he has lots of stuff to deal with. Maybe people are still thrown off from Clinton and his actions in the oval office, but president Bush is tight with his family. It's pretty funny how his daughters go out partying all the time being wild. Anyway my point is, I don't know much about the war in Iraq but Bush is doing the best he can and he's probably a pretty funny guy to meet.

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    Re: Congressman Murtha’s Letter to President Bush

    Quote Originally Posted by Oengeman
    I don't know much about the war in Iraq but initially i saw the president as acting as a dictator, but now i think he's okay. He seems to be personable and friendly. He's a bit arrogant in the office but he has lots of stuff to deal with. Maybe people are still thrown off from Clinton and his actions in the oval office, but president Bush is tight with his family. It's pretty funny how his daughters go out partying all the time being wild. Anyway my point is, I don't know much about the war in Iraq but Bush is doing the best he can and he's probably a pretty funny guy to meet.

    Thanks for that. You can put your head back in your ass now.

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    LOL!! I was waiting and expecting a one liner from you, Dante. It's good to get a laugh out of here every now and then.

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