July 19, 2005
Senator John McCain
241 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-0303
Re: Your letter on Iraq in response to my contact
Dear Senator McCain:
Thank you for taking the time to respond to my contact and express your position on Iraq.
I find your letter very disturbing because of its gross oversimplifications and your total avoidance of the realities of President Bush's policies on Iraq and on the war on terrorism.
I am not proud that this nation was sent to war on a pack of lies - and you should not be proud of this either. I knew the lies were coming the moment I learned we were to undertake a WW II style invasion to counter a non-geographically based, amorphous enemy who was not in Iraq - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when I read in the Los Angeles Times in the Fall of 2002 that the intelligence community was coming under intense pressure from Cheney and the Bush administration, to "re-examine" their intelligence analyses - and you should have known this too. I knew the lies were coming when Bush prevented the U.N. inspectors from finishing their inspections and attacked instead - and you should have known this too.
And when we dropped 2,000 pound bombs on the heads of the Iraqis, I knew that we had unleashed an evil and destructive force that was to do untold destruction to the Iraqis while doing little to deter Al Queda - and you should have known this too. And when billions of dollars were given to, and wasted by, Haliburton, the firm that paid Cheney $18 million in severance pay, I knew we had been had - and you should have known this too.
Then, in case my own senses were not enough, we had Paul O'Neil's book, Richard Clarke's book, John Dean's book, Craig Unger's book, Joe Wilson's article, the September 11 Commission, the Downing Street memo, the outing of Valerie Plame…. Senator, how much more evidence do you need to confirm what I already knew - and you should have known?
Where have you been? Where are you now? Whose life is now worth sacrificing for the lies of this administration and for your blind simplicities? Name the soldier whose life it is ok to end so you and Bush can continue this charade. Shall it be Private Garcia, Corporal Washington, or some poor National Guardsman? Have you bothered to ask them if it's ok to die under these circumstances?
Please, Senator, do not insult my intelligence with your appeals to patriotic pride. This is the most shameful thing America has done and I am ashamed of you, of the President of the United States, of the Republican "leadership", of every so called Democratic "leader" who supported this shame, and of the millions of Americans who are too misinformed and too blinded by obscene appeals to pride and patriotism to know any better.
I spent the first 10 years of my professional life analyzing weapons systems, political-military strategy, and international conflict. So please, don't lecture me on the "two fundamental errors" we could make in Iraq when you've missed the most blatantly fundamental error of how and why we are there in the first place.
Wake up Senator and look at the realities. You, I and this nation and this world were lied to, and until we address that issue we cannot have a moral Republic or an effective policy in Iraq.
ROBERT J. RODINO, Ph.D.