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Fertik to Pelosi
An Open Letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Presidential Accountability and Impeachment
Dear Representative Pelosi,
Thank you for your letter requesting a contribution to elect a Democratic Congress in 2006 to "hold the President accountable."
This is a cause that I, and millions of Americans, wholeheartedly support. This includes Democrats, Independents, and a very large number of Republicans as well.
But I write to differ strongly with you on exactly how to "hold the President accountable."
Your letter delays George Bush's accountability until the distant date of January 2007 - the earliest time when Democrats could assume control of the House of Representatives after the election of November 2006.
January 2007 is 17 months from now.
Since Iraq's elections were held on January 30, 434 American soldiers have been killed in Iraq. That is nearly 65 per month. At this rate, another 1,105 American soldiers will die before Democrats would begin to "hold the President accountable" under your proposed plan.
This is morally unacceptable.
We have already paid too high a price for this war of lies: 1,871 soldiers have been killed, nearly 7,000 have been maimed, and tens of thousands have been permanently traumatized. Hundreds of Billions have already been borrowed from our children and grandchildren, and we are on track to spend Trillions.
The time for accountability is NOW.
Last October, the Duelfer Report proved Iraq had no WMD's in 2002, when George Bush used this claim to scare Congress into authorizing War.
This May, the Downing Street Memos proved these claims were not based on "faulty intelligence." Instead, the Bush administration deliberately fixed "the intelligence and facts... around the policy" - the policy of invading Iraq, even if Iraq had no WMD's at all.
The conclusion is clear: George Bush lied about Iraq to Congress, the American people, and the world.
In 1998, the Republican Congress voted to hold President Clinton accountable for his lies through Impeachment, even though only 26% of Americans thought Impeachment was the appropriate punishment for lying about sex.
Today, 42% of Americans think Impeachment is the appropriate punishment for lying about war. And that figure greatly understates true public support for Impeachment, because the media utterly refuses to discuss Impeachment - in contrast with 1998, when Impeachment was discussed around the clock.
It is true that Democrats in Congress cannot impeach George Bush (and Dick Cheney, who shares full responsibility with George Bush) by themselves.
But Democrats can introduce Articles of Impeachment and thereby put the issue of accountability squarely before the Republican majority - and the American people.
If Republicans prevent a full Congressional investigation and debate over Bush's lies, they will dishonor the 1,871 soldiers who died for those lies.
That is their choice to make - and they will have to suffer the moral (and political) consequences.
But as the House Minority Leader, it is your solemn duty to begin this urgent moral debate.
I urge you to introduce Articles of Impeachment immediately.
Bob Fertik, President
p.s. I also urge you to fully support the following Iraq-related bills that have already been introduced in this Congress, and to use your office to persuade all House Democrats to support these bills:
H.J.RES.55 (Reps. Neil Abercrombie and Walter Jones) requiring the President to develop and implement a plan for the withdrawal of United States Armed Forces from Iraq
H.CON.RES.197 (Rep. Barbara Lee) opposing permanent bases in Iraq
H.RES.363 (Rep. Rush Holt) for all documents on the outing of Valerie Plame
H.RES.375 (Rep. Barbara Lee) to determine whether the Downing Street Memos are accurate
p.p.s. We have over 23,000 signatures on our impeachment petition:
To read Rep. Pelosi's letter "Finally, the truth about Iraq" visit:
and scroll to the bottom.