Oh my God. You did it again.

Yesterday you voted Yea on the Lieberman/Kyl amendment, which basically calls Iran’s military a terrorist organization and informally declares war on their country.

I’m confused by your vote. Don’t you remember how the Iraq war started? Let me remind you:

While the media was airing program after program aimed to get the American people to see Iraq as a enemy which needed to be destroyed as soon as possible, Congress gave the irresponsible President Bush the authorization to use force against Saddam Hussein. Many Congressional Representatives believed he wouldn’t use it, but needed the authority to use as leverage to stop Saddam from developing more weapons of mass destruction.

They were wrong. The Bush administration pulled the inspectors and went to war, even though they knew there were no weapons of mass destruction and that Iraq posed no immediate threat to the United States.

Five years, 455 billion dollars, 1 million dead Iraqis, 3,801 dead soldiers, 27,753 wounded soldiers, at least 800 dead contractors, and 203 dead journalists later we still have no end in sight.

So, how did you learn from that experience? While the media demonizes Ahmadinejad and Fox News encourages bombing Iran, you vote to open the door for the same president to use force on another innocent country.

I sickens me to see that you learned nothing. Either that, or you actually want to go to war with Iran. Either way, your vote is wrong.

The last time I wrote to you, after you voted to allow the Bush administration even more power to eavesdrop on Americans, I was ashamed to call you my representative because of your displayed willingness to ignore your oath to defend the Constitution.

This time, however, I’m personally offended by your vote.

The United States is a democracy and I am responsible for the votes cast by the people I elect to represent me in Congress. I voted for you. If the Bush administration uses this as a stepping stone to attack Iran, after everything we should have learned about how the Bush administration operates during the run up to the Iraq war, you will have made me a war criminal by having put your vote into the Senate.

How dare you put me in that position.

On a more personal level, I’m driving down to Camp Pendleton tomorrow to say goodbye to my best friend who is being sent off on his second tour in Iraq. If your shameful vote turns into an attack on Iran, the Iranians will undoubtedly take out their completely justified anger on our troops being held hostage in Iraq by the Bush administration and every single Congressperson (like yourself) that refuses to take a stand and bring them home. They will be sitting ducks, waiting to be slaughtered.

And I will blame you.

While I have serious doubts that you will actually take these steps because of your displayed willingness to be a Bush administration co-conspirator and/or total coward, you do have a chance to make this right. Here’s how you do it:

  1. Log on to Amazon.com and buy a copy of the Constitution of the United States of America
  2. Read it
  3. Note all the ways that George W. Bush has violated the laws put forth in that document and join Barbara Boxer in calling for his impeachment.

The only way that the Iran war can be prevented, the Iraq war can end, and the Constitution can be protected and defended is for the current occupants of the Executive branch to be held accountable for their crimes. The only way to hold them accountable is to throw them out of office. If there is justice in this country, they should also go to jail, but I’ll take what I can get.

Anything less is a failure. Unfortunately for this country, the choice is yours.

Jen Clark
Los Angeles, CA

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