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AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH
Center For Security Policy ^ | Senator Jon Kyl / R. James Woolsey

Posted on 12/10/2006 9:32:42 AM PST by Valin

AN OPEN LETTER TO PRESIDENT BUSH

Hon. George W. Bush The White House Washington, D.C. 20500

Dear Mr. President:

You have just received the report of the bipartisan Iraq Study Group (ISG) with its 79 recommendations for policy changes, force redeployments and other course corrections with respect to the conflict in Iraq. We believe you have responded properly in welcoming this product -- but reserving judgment as to whether you will accept its suggestions.

This is especially important because of the argument being made in some quarters that, in light of the unanimity exhibited by the distinguished Republican and Democratic members of this commission, the advice offered must be accepted in toto. As leaders of the bipartisan National Security Advisory Council of the Center for Security Policy, we would respectfully suggest that people of good will and expertise from both parties can - and in many cases do - come to very different conclusions than those offered by the ISG.

In particular, members of our Council on both sides of the aisle strongly disagree with what is, arguably, the Baker-Hamilton commission's most strategically portentous recommendation:

The United States should immediately launch a New Diplomatic Offensive to build an international consensus for stability in Iraq and the region?.Iraq's neighbors and key states in and outside the region should form a support group to reinforce security and national reconciliation within Iraq, neither of which Iraq can achieve on its own. Given the ability of Iran and Syria to influence events within Iraq and their interest in avoiding chaos in Iraq, the United States should try to engage them constructively.

As the ISG's own report documents, far from being proponents of stability, the Islamic Republic of Iran and its de facto colony, Syria, have gone to great lengths to destabilize the Middle East and, in particular, to prevent Iraq from becoming a free, democratic and peaceful nation.

Americans have been murdered for nearly three decades by Iranian operatives and Tehran's proxies. U.S. and coalition personnel and civilians in Iraq are being slaughtered today by deadly Iranian I.E.D.s (Improvised Explosive Devices) and other weapons provided to like-minded Islamofascist groups.

At the same time, the Iranian regime is working to acquire nuclear arms and long-range ballistic missiles with which to deliver them. When combined with President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's repeated threats to "wipe Israel off the map" and bring about "a world without America," we face the prospect that, in due course, the mullahs running Iran will have the means to carry out their apocalyptic intentions.

In our view, opening negotiations with Iran (and Syria) as suggested by the ISG will have several undesirable effects.

First, such negotiations will legitimate that increasingly dangerous regime and reward its violent and hostile actions against us and our allies. We should rather endeavor to discredit and undermine this regime.

Second, such a course will embolden our enemies who already believe they are sapping our will to resist them.

Third, such an initiative would buy further time for the Iranian mullahs to obtain and prepare to wield weapons of mass destruction.

Fourth, entering into negotiations with Tehran's theocrats will create the illusion that we are taking useful steps to contend with the threat from Iran - when, in fact, we would not be. As a result, other, more effective actions - specifically, steps aimed at encouraging regime change in Iran - will not be pursued. Finally, we trust that you will recognize the necessity of including Israel in any regional conference in which its security and other equities might be a subject of negotiations and that, in such settings and elsewhere, you will continue to adhere to the principle that America supports fellow democracies and eschews appeasement of terrorists and aggressors.

In short, Mr. President, we encourage you to follow your better instincts. By all means, review, assess and, as appropriate, adopt the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and those of the executive branch agencies you have commissioned. We urge you, however, to continue to reject any course of action that would signal that America has become a country that, to quote the scholar Bernard Lewis, is "harmless as an enemy and treacherous as a friend."

Sincerely,

Senator Jon Kyl

R. James Woolsey


TOPICS: Editorial; Front Page News; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bushopenletter; iran; iraq; iraqstudygroup; iraqsurrendergroup; isg; jameswoolsey; kyl; woolsey; wot
(Washington, D.C.): In the wake of the submission to President Bush and the Congress of the Iraq Study Group's report, members of that unelected, unaccountable commission have insisted that all of its recommendations must be adopted fortwith. ISG co-chairman James Baker went so far as to declare: "I hope we don't treat this like a fruit salad and say, 'I like this, but I don't like that. I like this, but I don't like that.'"

Two of the Nation's foremost national security practitioners - Republican Senator Jon Kyl of Arizona and former Clinton Director of Central Intelligence R. James Woolsey - have written an open letter to President Bush urging him not to accept the ISG's recommendations in toto. They note that "people of good will and expertise from both parties can - and in many cases do - come to very different conclusions than those offered by the ISG."

In particular, the two Honorary Co-Chairmen of the Center for Security Policy's bipartisan National Security Advisory Council warn against one of the commission's most controversial and ill-advised ideas: opening direct negotiations with Iran and Syria. Senator Kyl and Director Woolsey wrote:

In our view, opening negotiations with Iran (and Syria) as suggested by the ISG will have several undesirable effects.

First, such negotiations will legitimate that increasingly dangerous regime and reward its violent and hostile actions against us and our allies. We should rather endeavor to discredit and undermine this regime.

Second, such a course will embolden our enemies who already believe they are sapping our will to resist them.

Third, such an initiative would buy further time for the Iranian mullahs to obtain and prepare to wield weapons of mass destruction.

Fourth, entering into negotiations with Tehran's theocrats will create the illusion that we are taking useful steps to contend with the threat from Iran - when, in fact, we would not be. As a result, other, more effective actions - specifically, steps aimed at encouraging regime change in Iran - will not be pursued. The Center for Security Policy applauds Messrs. Kyl and Woolsey for conveying in this open letter what is on the minds of millions of Americans: We cannot safely and constructively negotiate with enemies determined to destroy us and should not try to do so with respect to Iran and its colony, Syria. The Center thanks President Bush for his determination to date to reject such counsel and strongly supports him in continuing to do so.

1 posted on 12/10/2006 9:32:45 AM PST by Valin
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To: Valin

bttp


2 posted on 12/10/2006 9:35:27 AM PST by groanup (Limited government is the answer. Now, what's the question?)
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To: Valin

Why on earth did Ed Meese agree with the findings of the ISG?


3 posted on 12/10/2006 9:35:48 AM PST by trumandogz (Rudy G 2008: The "G" Stands For Gun Grabbing & Gay Lovin.)
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To: Valin

BIG BUMP!


4 posted on 12/10/2006 9:39:49 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Valin
Instead of withdrawing we should initiate a bloodbath against all terrorists from top to bottom in the Middle East.....yes, that means assassins. Show them what it feels like.

(The KGB did it when the Russian diplomats were killed....that was the end of it.

5 posted on 12/10/2006 9:45:45 AM PST by Rapscallion (Admissions, hiring, promotions, scholarships: Only on MERIT.)
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To: freedom44; odds; sionnsar; LibreOuMort; AdmSmith

pong


6 posted on 12/10/2006 9:46:18 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business] (...but his head is so tiny...))
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To: Valin
"ISG co-chairman James Baker went so far as to declare: "I hope we don't treat this like a fruit salad and say, 'I like this, but I don't like that. I like this, but I don't like that.'"

OK Mr. Former-Secretary of State, I'll fix that for you:

I don't like ANY of that horsesh*t you and your Iraq Surrender Group as trying to foist upon the American public.

GTF outta here Baker, you and your pals are about as helpful to America as a family of termites in a lumber yard.
7 posted on 12/10/2006 9:49:57 AM PST by mkjessup (The Shah doesn't look so bad now, eh? But nooo, Jimmah said the Ayatollah was a 'godly' man.)
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To: All; Wolfstar
With a special thanks to Wolfstar for her fabulous first paragraph, I sent my OWN letter to our President....

Dear Mr. President,

--Paraphrasing Thomas Paine: Like Washington and his army in 1776, our current Commander-in-Chief, the armed forces he leads, and all Americans who stand with them, are winter soldiers who do not shrink from the service of their country even in dark, stormy times.

Mr. President,

~ I support and pray for you;

~ I support and pray for our troops; and (I wanted you to know that)

~ I take the time to stop, thank, shake hands, and try to hug every service person I come in contact with and tell them that they are making a difference--making the world a better place, and know that not all Americans are self-centered, short-sighted, and impatient. Many of us voted for their success, by voting Republican.

God Bless you Sir. It must be very, very difficult for your insides, but thank you for not letting it show, outside. Thank you for being an inspiration to us all. Thank you for your resolve, and know you can count on your (be a citizen, not a spectator) "winter soldiers."

Your friend,

8 posted on 12/10/2006 9:58:10 AM PST by NordP (America Votes: Turns out there ARE more Punks than Patriots ! ....so sad)
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To: trumandogz

I'm guessing Baker wrote, or had one of his underlings write, the report, then they took a vote. The appeasers in the Group outnumbered the rest by at least 8/3, maybe 9/2.

They didn't allow a minority report to be appended.


9 posted on 12/10/2006 9:59:03 AM PST by savedbygrace (SECURE THE BORDERS FIRST (I'M YELLING ON PURPOSE))
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To: Valin

Woolsey gets it -- that's why they made sure he wasn't part of the ISG -- Iraq Surrender Group.


10 posted on 12/10/2006 10:09:30 AM PST by FairOpinion
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To: NordP; All

And thank you, NordP for sending that wonderful letter to our Commander-in-Chief. He has already been faced with burdens only three or four other U.S. presidents have faced, and now he's looking forward to an extremely ugly year as the Dims take power in Congress. These truly are "times that try men's souls."


11 posted on 12/10/2006 10:15:27 AM PST by Wolfstar ("Common sense is not so common." Voltaire, 1764)
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To: FairOpinion

As others have pointed out, this was Jim Baker's group and he was not going to allow anyone on it who would upset the applecart...like someone who actually knows something about Iraq.
Sandra Day O'Conner, Veron Jordon! Give me a break!


12 posted on 12/10/2006 10:17:29 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin

way off topic........anyone see the link on Drudge where Leslie Nielson in overseas being interviewed and cuts a fart.............hilarious


13 posted on 12/10/2006 10:19:17 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Valin

Excellent letter. The ISG report is dead, President Bush has refused the surrender terms in the report like negotiation with the terrorist regimes of Iran and Syria, and withdrawing all combat troops by early 2008.


14 posted on 12/10/2006 10:21:32 AM PST by jveritas (Support The Commander in Chief in Times of War)
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Excellent letter- especially in that it adresses Baker's sell-out of Israel! http://sacredscoop.com


15 posted on 12/10/2006 10:24:26 AM PST by CottShop
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To: advertising guy

Leslie Nielson in overseas being interviewed and cuts a fart.

I can't think of a better response to the ISG.


16 posted on 12/10/2006 10:27:29 AM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin

just used soap to clean my monitor.......I spewed it was so funny


17 posted on 12/10/2006 10:28:42 AM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: All; NordP
To all who read this thread, the opening paragraph to which NordP refers was on yesterday's "Day in the life of President Bush" thread. I repeat the entire short essay here in hopes others will take do as NordP has done, stand with the winter soldiers.

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With the release of the so-called Iraq Study Group's horrible "report," it seemed critical to me to remember 1776. No one living at the time could have predicted such a positive outcome for the then-colonies struggling to become a new nation. It's little known now, but not only did the Americans seeking independence have to fight the British, but often other Americans who did not want independence. The strife between the "Patriots" and "Tories" was often brutal, bloody and deadly. Go back with me and imagine how dark the times seemed to those living in the America of December 1776...

THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated.
Thomas Paine, The Crisis, December 23, 1776.

Three days after Paine published this first in a series of articles called, collectively, "The Crisis," General George Washington led his troops across the Delaware River in order to surprise the English and Hessian troops in the Battle of Trenton the day after Christmas 1776.

The weather was well below freezing, with a heavy snow cover. Washington and his army had suffered a series of disastrous defeats, including the loss of Boston, and the loss of the city and state of New York. The British chased the American army across New Jersey and into Pennsylvania. But despite all this; despite the immense odds against them, the ragged Continental Army won the Battle of Trenton. It was an enormous victory, both in real terms and in psychological terms, and gave a much-needed lift to the Revolutionary cause.

There were hard times and years of war still ahead, including the horrible winter at Valley Forge in 1777, but Trenton proved that the Americans could defeat the British and their mercenaries, the Hessians. Trenton bought Gen. Washington time to build a real army.

Although the differences between Iraq in 2001 and the fledgling United States in 1776 are great, there also are inescapable parallels. So, to the summer soldiers and sunshine patriots among us -- on both the Left and Right -- I offer this next Paine quote. It's not as widely known as the opening paragraph of "The Crisis," but it goes straight to the heart of what the American nation faces today:

THOSE who expect to reap the blessings of freedom, must...undergo the fatigues of supporting it...It is not a field of a few acres of ground, but a cause, that we are defending, and whether we defeat the enemy in one battle, or by degrees, the consequences will be the same.
Thomas Pain, writing in Philadelphia, Sept. 12, 1777.

Paraphrasing Thomas Paine: Like Washington and his army in 1776, our current Commander-in-Chief, the armed forces he leads, and all Americans who stand with them, are winter soldiers who do not shrink from the service of their country even in dark, stormy times.

If you are a winter soldier, take a pen and piece of paper, write a few little words -- Mr. President, I support and pray for you and our troops. Put the note in an envelope addressed to:

The Hon. George W. Bush
President of the United States
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500

Slap a stamp on the envelope and mail it this week.

It's the least we winter soldiers can do.

18 posted on 12/10/2006 10:30:20 AM PST by Wolfstar ("Common sense is not so common." Voltaire, 1764)
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To: Valin
James Baker went so far as to declare: "I hope we don't treat this like a fruit salad..."

Gotta give the man credit for an apt metaphor.

19 posted on 12/10/2006 10:33:06 AM PST by Stultis
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To: Valin

bump


20 posted on 12/10/2006 10:43:19 AM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Wolfstar
And as Brit Hume said to Juan Williams today....

"Oh, so you agree with the goal, ---just as long as it is easy to attain." ---So "dim"-ly predictable!

signed,

WINTER SOLDIER NORDP, REPORTING FOR DUTY, AMERICA!

21 posted on 12/10/2006 10:45:26 AM PST by NordP (America Votes: Turns out there ARE more Punks than Patriots ! ....so sad)
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To: trumandogz
imho, everyone who agreed to serve also had to consent to unanimity. I'll bet a few left the committee rather than agree to those terms. I also believe they are sworn to silence as to the hows of the report.

In other words;
1)if you won't sign on to our end product, get off the committee before we start.
2)if you're going to publically snipe at the final result, we're wasting our time, so zip it.

22 posted on 12/10/2006 10:48:56 AM PST by chiller (Old Media is not yet dead. Turn them off and they will die. For the sake of sanity.)
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To: Wolfstar
What an uplifting post. It wasn't until I listened to WASHINGTON'S CROSSING, by David Hackett Fischer, on Cd's last year that I finally absorbed just how close this country came to not existing as a free nation. Our fate lay with the determination of Washington and his 'Winter Soldiers', including military and civilian patriots. We had then, as now, freeloaders, parasites, traitors, self serving politicians, and assorted opportunists, unwilling to even support the fight for independence and freedom. We seem to be at an equally dangerous and nation threatening crossroads as Washington faced. With two years left to govern America President Bush needs to, daily if necessary, remind this country and the world, that he is STILL the President. And that he will continue to carry out his duties of office, including defending and protecting our citizens, regardless of what is thrown at him. There are millions of Winter Soldiers to support him, he is not alone.
23 posted on 12/10/2006 11:33:47 AM PST by mountainfolk (God Bless President George Bush)
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To: Valin

BUMP!!!


24 posted on 12/10/2006 11:39:23 AM PST by Nancee
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To: Valin

I know that R. James Woolsey is a Democrat but if Bush was looking for a spook to be the new Sec Def.....


25 posted on 12/10/2006 11:45:22 AM PST by Mike Darancette (Democrat Happens!)
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To: mkjessup

Well they cherry picked who they talked to, pretty much put only nuts and fruits in their mix of "experts" (Thomas "The Clueless one" Freidman from the NYT and Bill Kristol as "expert" witnesses?) so I guess it would be pretty logical for the President to treat them like fruit salad.


26 posted on 12/10/2006 11:52:20 AM PST by MNJohnnie (I do not forgive Senator John McCain for helping destroy everything we built since 1980.)
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To: Valin

Ba-dum-bump


27 posted on 12/10/2006 11:55:13 AM PST by GoLightly
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To: Valin

The Baker-Hamilton report recommendations broadcast to our enemies that America no longer has the "stones" to do what is necessary to beat an enemy into submission - the only true way to prevent long bloody wars.

If you behave submissively you invite predators to test your ability to defend yourself. If they find that you are weak, they will attack you and take what they want.


28 posted on 12/10/2006 11:57:09 AM PST by anymouse
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To: advertising guy

Have Whoopee cushion will travel. You know it's a standard Nielson gag, right?


29 posted on 12/10/2006 12:08:38 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: mountainfolk
There are millions of Winter Soldiers to support him, he is not alone.

Thank you for your superb, thoughtful reply, mountainfolk. Re President Bush standing firm, it will be much easier for him if those millions of Winter Soldiers let him know he has their support. A piece of paper, a quick note of a sentence or two, an envelope, a stamp and a trip to the post office -- this is nothing to ask of us when we think of all our Commander-in-Chief and the armed forces he leads are doing for us.

30 posted on 12/10/2006 12:12:50 PM PST by Wolfstar ("Common sense is not so common." Voltaire, 1764)
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To: Valin

The members of the ISG should at this time forthwith place their heads between their legs, and kiss their butts, because we do not plan on doing so.

Good article - good points very salient. I like the direct approach.

SS


31 posted on 12/10/2006 12:48:16 PM PST by Sword_Svalbardt (Sword Svalbardt)
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To: NordP

Nice, NordP. :)


32 posted on 12/10/2006 12:56:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: GoLightly

then I like him more..but no whoopee cushion this time.....the weather lady at the end was the icing on the cake


33 posted on 12/10/2006 12:57:19 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: Valin

Is this a favorable letter? I'm afraid to read it, as Sen. Smith's linguine spine letter was one of the last things I read last night...


34 posted on 12/10/2006 12:58:01 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: Rapscallion

"Instead of withdrawing we should initiate a bloodbath against all terrorists from top to bottom in the Middle East.....yes, that means assassins."

Yeah, but we'll never get the muslims to like us if we do that! (Sarc)


35 posted on 12/10/2006 1:09:30 PM PST by Levante
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To: advertising guy

It's been reported that he has upgraded to some kind of electronic thingy from the whoopie cushion.


36 posted on 12/10/2006 1:10:25 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: Valin

bump


37 posted on 12/10/2006 1:12:33 PM PST by Christian4Bush (Don't blame me - I didn't vote for these DEM b**tards. (redacted to satiate religioncop TXBlair))
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To: GoLightly

well whatever.I've noticed thru the years people only have two reactions to a heard(or smelled) fart.

Some ,like me, laugh out loud mostly
others think it is the most vile of actions
the lader is why I'm the former.


38 posted on 12/10/2006 1:19:33 PM PST by advertising guy (If computer skills named us, I'd be back-space delete.)
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To: advertising guy

I'm gonna go all Miss Manners on you & tell you the proper polite response it to pretend you neither heard, nor smelled it.

One of my sons is squarely in your camp, the urge to laugh is beyond his ability to control.


39 posted on 12/10/2006 1:39:39 PM PST by GoLightly
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To: La Enchiladita

Is this a favorable letter?


I don't know. You tell me.
(snip)

In our view, opening negotiations with Iran (and Syria) as suggested by the ISG will have several undesirable effects.

First, such negotiations will legitimate that increasingly dangerous regime and reward its violent and hostile actions against us and our allies. We should rather endeavor to discredit and undermine this regime.

Second, such a course will embolden our enemies who already believe they are sapping our will to resist them.

Third, such an initiative would buy further time for the Iranian mullahs to obtain and prepare to wield weapons of mass destruction.

Fourth, entering into negotiations with Tehran's theocrats will create the illusion that we are taking useful steps to contend with the threat from Iran - when, in fact, we would not be. As a result, other, more effective actions - specifically, steps aimed at encouraging regime change in Iran - will not be pursued. Finally, we trust that you will recognize the necessity of including Israel in any regional conference in which its security and other equities might be a subject of negotiations and that, in such settings and elsewhere, you will continue to adhere to the principle that America supports fellow democracies and eschews appeasement of terrorists and aggressors.

In short, Mr. President, we encourage you to follow your better instincts.


40 posted on 12/10/2006 1:40:42 PM PST by Valin (History takes time. It is not an instant thing.)
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To: Valin

I tell you that it is favorable, to our Nation and to our President's policies.

Finally, a Senator worth his salt. Thanks for posting, Valin.


41 posted on 12/10/2006 1:54:41 PM PST by La Enchiladita (People get ready . . .)
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To: nuconvert

Thanks for the ping! BTTT


42 posted on 12/10/2006 3:17:44 PM PST by sionnsar (?trad-anglican.faithweb.com?|Iran Azadi| 5yst3m 0wn3d - it's N0t Y0ur5 (SONY) | UN: Useless Nations)
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To: mkjessup
"ISG co-chairman James Baker went so far as to declare: "I hope we don't treat this like a fruit salad and say, 'I like this, but I don't like that. I like this, but I don't like that.'"

Fruit Salad?. More like fruit cake, something practically indigestible which usually winds up given around this time of year.

43 posted on 12/10/2006 3:28:12 PM PST by jmcenanly (Do not handicap your children by making their lives easy. -- Robert A. Heinlein)
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To: Valin
... such negotiations will legitimate that increasingly dangerous regime and reward its violent and hostile actions against us and our allies. We should rather endeavor to discredit and undermine this regime.

Exactly!

44 posted on 12/10/2006 9:29:44 PM PST by SuziQ
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To: Valin
Dear W,

I don't want the money and the easy fix the ISG proposes. I might have a great retirement but it won't do my grandchildren any good to face extremists later.

45 posted on 12/11/2006 1:35:48 AM PST by Earthdweller (All reality is based on faith in something.)
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