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The Fraudulent Case for War
By Senator Ted Kennedy
In President Bush's five years in office, his White House has too often attempted to impose its will without regard for the merits of the issues or even the truth. Dissent is labeled "unpatriotic," and critics face unprecedented retribution. The Republican Congress has become a lap-dog for the Administration in allowing partisan priorities to trump truth.
In one of the greatest blunders in the nation's history, the Administration concocted a fraudulent case for war in Iraq. Two thousand Americans have paid the ultimate price, and the end is not in sight.
But at least Americans are now demanding the truth. This week, our minority leader, Senator Harry Reid sent a powerful message to the Republican leadership -- including the White House -- that smokescreens and foot-dragging will no longer be tolerated.
The Republican leadership needs to understand that we are committed in our demand for truth. And with your strong support, we'll have the resources we need to win at the polls next year:
Together, you and I will continue to voice the questions this Administration needs to answer. We made sure America knew about the Downing Street memo on Iraq. When it became clear that the White House withheld documents on pre-war intelligence from the Senate investigations, we raised the red flag. This week, 30,000 Americans demanded that the White House turn over all the undisclosed documents to the newly revived Senate investigation of pre-war intelligence.
As the case for war in Iraq continues to unravel, our vigilance will make all the difference in holding this Administration accountable for its behavior.
It's time for honest answers to the basic questions about Iraq. If Republican leaders in Washington refuse to honor its responsibility to the people to provide such answers, Democrats will fight even harder to get them.
I urge you to reach out to your fellow Americans and ask them to join us in calling on our leaders to serve all of the people, not just the extremist fringe they pander to. Momentum has begun to change in Washington. I hope very much that you'll support us with your contribution, so we make sure the momentum continues to build:
We're making progress at long last, and with your strong support, we'll keep this country moving in the right direction. Thank you so much for your commitment to this effort, and best regards.
Sen. Ted Kennedy
P.S.: Over the next two months, we need to do everything we can to make it clear to the Republican leadership and the mainstream media that Americans are united in their demand for answers. Please forward this e-mail to all those you know who will want to stand with us.