A BRIEF OPEN LETTER TO NANCY PELOSI
Please reconsider. To wit:
1. The situation in Iraq is a mess: Civil War, anarchy, death squads.
2. The Baker-Hamilton Commission's Report recommends a "gradual pullback" of troops in Iraq. But Bush says:
"I know there's a lot of speculation that these reports in Washington mean there's going to be some kind of graceful exit out of Iraq. This business about a graceful exit just simply has no realism to it at all."3. The Commission also suggests "direct diplomacy" with Iran and Syria. Iraqi President Maliki, himself, says:
"We are ready to cooperate with everybody who believe that they need to communicate with the national unity government, especially our neighbors. Our doors are open."But Bush says:
"I appreciate the prime minister's views that the Iraqis are plenty capable of running their own business and they don't need foreign interference from neighbors that will be destabilizing the country."4. Although he eventually met with the the U.S. President in a "hastily arranged summit," Maliki earlier snubbed Bush by cancelling the planned summit in Jordan at the last minute. Why?
Because National Security Advisor Stephen Hadley called him a no-good bum in a "leaked" report. Because Bush pretty much wants to kill al-Sadr, the only man who can keep Maliki in power at this point. Because Maliki is a no-good bum.
(Incidentally, in addition to plans for "augmenting," "improving," and "growing" Maliki's "capacity," Bush now says that Maliki "doesn't have the capacity to respond. So we want to accelerate that capacity.")
5. The American people told George Bush earlier this month that they think he's a no-good bum. That's how you got your latest job, remember? The American people want "this business" about a graceful exit.
Nancy, this is a disaster. Americans dying by the hundreds and thousands. Iraqis dying by the hundred-thousands. Our reputation falling so fast that the tin-pot noboby that runs the country we're ostensibly defending snubs us at an internationally-acknowledged summit. A Civil War that threatens to become a regional, religious war, even though the President of the United States says it's not a Civil War. He contradicts his own security advisors, a bi-partisan commission, the governement of the nation we're trying to prop up, and the will & mandate of his own citizens. As he is clearly uninterested in listening to anyone else (or has gone mad), he's unfit to hold office.