Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Old Letters on Iraq

With our nation standing on the eve of the 5th anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, I thought I would reprint the letter I sent to my Congressional Representatives. The same letter addressed here to Senator Feinstein went as well to Senator Barbara Boxer and Congresswoman Lois Capps. It is dated August of 2002. Notice that there was deep concern then about the direction of our foreign policy -- stated by GOP stalwarts.
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August 20, 2002
The Honorable Dianne Feinstein
U.S. Senate
11111 Santa Monica Blvd. Ste. 915
Los Angeles, CA 90025

Dear Ms. Feinstein:

I am writing to you out of a growing concern about the current direction of American foreign policy. I write as a citizen and as a local pastor to convey my concern about the President's rhetoric regarding a change of the regime in Iraq. We are already deeply engaged militarily in Afghanistan and pursuing other counter-terrorism projects here and abroad. We have virtually no support from our allies and experienced foreign policy people such as Brent Scowcroft and Henry Kissinger counsel against the proposed action in Iraq. Finally, the situation in Israel/Palestine continues to spiral out of control making the region extremely unstable and dangerous. Therefore, I believe that any thought of military action in Iraq at this time seems not only inappropriate but dangerous.

I am very aware of the nature of the current regime in Iraq, but the proposed action not only seems counter-productive but possibly contrary to international law. There does not, at this time, appear to be a credible alternative to the current regime nor any plan for restoration of the country in the aftermath of war. We have yet to invest much more than military involvement in Afghanistan, will this be our policy in Iraq as well?
Finally, we must take into consideration the effect that war will have on the Iraqi people and on the American men and women who will likely die or be wounded during what will surely be a prolonged and dangerous war.

Therefore, I ask that you would take every possible action to oppose the possibility of military attacks on Iraq, especially without wide support from our allies. I realize that there are those who believe it unpatriotic to stand up against the President at this time, but if we are to be true to our constitution, then this we must do!
Sincerely Yours,


Dr. Robert Cornwall
Pastor

2 comments:

Mystical Seeker said...

Unfortunately, Feinstein was one of the Senators who voted for the war, so she did not heed your advice.

Her husband, Richard Blum, made a handsome sum out of war profiteering from the war in Iraq.

Pastor Bob Cornwall said...

Lois Capps, fortunately, did vote against it.