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Veterans ask Baird to oppose Bush
BY TOMIO GERON
THE OLYMPIAN, WA
While President Bush made his case Tuesday for the war in Iraq, a small group of local veterans called for his impeachment for taking the country into war in the first place.
About a dozen members of the local chapter of Veterans for Peace delivered a letter to the Olympia office of U.S. Rep. Brian Baird, D-Vancouver, calling on him to support an inquiry into impeachment of the president.
The veterans filed into Baird's waiting room and spoke to the congressman's representative, who accepted their statements.
"I want the war to end. I want our soldiers to come home," said Jody Tiller of Olympia, who served six years in Korea with the Air Force. "I want our soldiers home safe and well. Our soldiers were betrayed into going over there."
Baird was in Washington, D.C., Wednesday when the veterans delivered the letter.
"I will definitely make sure he gets this," said Mike Kendall of Baird's office.
Baird declined to comment on the letter, saying he'd deliver his own statement after Bush's speech.
The veterans pointed to the recent release of the "Downing Street memo" as evidence that Bush deceived Americans and Congress on the reasons for going to war.
"We are very supportive of our troops," said Bob Rudolph, 62, of Steilacoom, who served in the Air Force. "We or our family members have been there. The safest thing you can do is bring them home."
The national Veterans for Peace organization has delivered similar letters to all members of the Senate and House.