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Are you here to communicate your own view, that of the White House, or both?

Please name all the people with whom you have had communications in preparing for this testimony.

What does the White House expect from your testimony?

Are you submitting a written report to this Congress?  Did you ever plan to do so?  What changed your mind?

Are you submitting a written report to the White House?  Why not?

Are you aware that the President is required by law to submit a written report on progress in Iraq to this Congress by September 15th?  Have you been or do you expect to be involved in the preparation of that report? 

Are you aware that it is a felony to intentionally mislead or defraud the Congress, for example in the manner the White House did in making its case for this war in 2003?

Do you feel completely free to speak openly and honestly with us here today?

What do you believe is the ultimate goal of the current occupation of Iraq? 

Do you believe that goal can ever be achieved?

How long would you estimate it would take?

How many lives would it be worth sacrificing to achieve that goal?  Please specify the number of Iraqi lives and the number of American lives?

In the process of achieving that goal, will actions of the U.S. military and mercenaries have the overall results of making Americans and others in the world less safe or more safe? 

According to National Intelligence Estimates, the occupation of Iraq is serving as a recruiting tool for terrorist groups.  Do you believe that is true? 

If you were Osama bin Laden and you had the opportunity to dictate American policy, what would you have us do differently from what we are currently doing?

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