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An Open Letter to Rep. Nancy Pelosi on Presidential Accountability and

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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.

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