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Vets for Peace Had Just Met With Republican Who Led Intervention With Bush

By Anthony D. Teolis

12 members from Veterans For Peace and Virginians For Peace and Accountability met Rep. Tom Davis on Monday May 7 at his Annandale office. There were 5 veterans including a retired Navy Captain, a retired Navy Lt.Commander, an Iraq War veteran, a Vietnam War veteran and myself. We were very specific in our request to Mr. Davis to stop funding the war in Iraq, prevent war on Iran and investigate this current administration for violation of the law.

I just thought it was too coincidental that the next day Mr. Davis led fellow Republicans to the White House to have an intervention with the President. Below is the text of my thank you letter to Mr. Davis.

May 11, 2007

Honorable Tom Davis,

I would like to thank you for the time and consideration you extended towards Veterans For Peace Chapter 16 and Virginians For Peace and Accountability on May 7 at your Annandale office. I also wish to commend you on your meeting with President Bush on Tuesday. I do not believe in coincidences and when I read about your meeting I was filled with hope that
Democracy is still in action in America. Thank you for listening to us on Monday and voicing those concerns further in our government. Veterans for Peace is working to impeach George W. Bush and Richard B. Cheney. We hope to impeach them for sake of Peace. I hope you will work with us for all our sake. I handed you a book containing Laws violated by President George W. Bush, Vice-President Richard Cheney, public officials under their authority, and members of the U.S. military under their command, sufficient for impeachment. If you will read the evidence presented to you, you will be left with only one conclusion: that this administration's war on Iraq is an unmistakable violation of our Constitution and
federal law which you have sworn to uphold.

I am very fortunate to have met you in person 4 times since I moved to Virginia from Japan three and a half years ago. You have also met my young son twice. Several things you said in our meeting caused me to respond out of order but I never intended to offend you or to be impolite. The most frightening thing you said was in reference to war in general and future
wars as if they must happen. You know as well as I do that if tomorrow the government asked the American people for $5,000 and a child to fight the Iraq war, the war would be over the day after tomorrow. The size of the "Defense" budget is proof enough to the rest of the world that the United States has given up on dealing with them rationally and peacefully. This budget is not paid for solely through our taxes but through inflation and credit that will be handed to us in the future. This is immoral and it does not have to be so.

As a scientist I understand the grave threats that our nation and the world faces from the challenges of Global Warming and Peak Oil amongst others. As a veteran with an extensive knowledge of history I believe we are unnecessarily locked in war for resources. President Bush and Vice President Cheney chose not emulate Nixon and his Open China Policy. Instead they chose the path of war. My children and yours do not have to deal with the consequences if the following steps are taken now.

1) Impeach the President and Vice President The best way for Congress to demonstrate its support for the troops is to RELIEVE the President and Vice President.

2) Plan and execute an exit strategy from Iraq
A. Development of an appropriate international peace-keeping force.
B. Support Iraqi self rule and free and fair elections.
C. The US should provide humanitarian aid to Iraq to rebuild its infrastructure.

Thank you very much for your time and consideration and I look forward to meeting you again soon.

Anthony D. Teolis
Chapter Contact, Treasurer
Veterans For Peace Chapter 16


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