Saturday, October 21, 2006

from Senator Barbara Boxer ...

This morning, I received the following from California Senator Barbara Boxer which you may find at the link she provides below. It is heartening to see that members of Congress are calling for the release of a report, and at least attempting to stand up to a regime that has openly, and actively defied them for more than a half dozen years. We, as citizens, must support Senator Boxer, and other members of Congress who demand release of this report, as well as any, and all, information that evidences the failure of Iraq, misdeeds, or any high crimes and misdemeanors no matter where that trail leads us...

October 17, 2006

The Honorable James A. Baker III
Iraq Study Group
1200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20036

Dear Secretary Baker:

As co-chair of the Iraq Study Group, you have taken on thetremendous challenge of developing recommendations for a new course of action in Iraq. I am deeply appreciative of your willingness to serve our country once again.

Over the past several weeks, you have repeatedly said that theIraq Study Group would not provide an independent assessment on the situation in Iraq until after the November midterm elections. Given the critical need to change course on Iraq, I urge the study group to release its recommendations as soon as possible without any consideration to the political calendar.Indeed, imagine if you had a son or daughter in Iraq right now and knew that a change of course would have to wait due to politics while your child is a target in a hellish situation. Last year, the Senate voted 79-19 in favor of an amendment stating that 2006 "should be a period of significant transition" in Iraq. Instead, this year has seen the rapid escalation of death, suffering, and sectarian violence thatcould easily devolve into a full scale civil war.

It is clear that the Administration's continued insistence to "stay the course" with its failed policies is not a viable solution. Judging by recent interviews you have given in the press, it appears that the Iraq Study Group has made some initial judgments that would be a departure from the Administration's failed policies. If this is indeed the case, I urge you, in the strongest
Administration can see that the status quo is unacceptable.

Thank you for your consideration.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

cc: The Honorable Lee Hamilton,
Co Chair

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