Dear Senator Murray
This correspondence concerns the recently passed House Bill #1591, setting a date to begin pulling American troops out of Iraq on October 1st, 2007.
In 2002, I felt a strong sense of pride and relief when you voted against the Senate Iraq resolution. It was wonderful to see one of my Senators stand up in the face of strong opposition, and make the ethical, right choice to not support this wholly unethical action.
Unfortunately, the majority of our elected officals and citizens did not side with you, and we invaded Iraq. While Saddam Hussein's removal was a good thing, we have not provided the Iraqi people with a foundation with which to build a solid, stable government.
I am writing you to ask, when this Bill reaches the Senate floor, that you vote in opposition of this time-line. I am not a supporter of our presence in Iraq, but I believe we now have both a political and moral responsibility to fix what we have broken. Leaving our military in place to keep Iraq from moving into full-scale civil war and genocide is a piece to this difficult puzzle.
I ask, instead, that you lead Congressional Democrats to remain involved in the strategic planning for Iraq, ensuring that we are making decisions that are in the best interest of the Iraqi citizens, and not in the interest of American imperialism or materialism.