Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Letter to Senator Craig

I received a letter from Senator Craig today:

Dear Robert:
Because of your previous contact regarding the ongoing war in Iraq, I would like to take a moment to share a brief update on the current debate in the Senate.
The Senate is now in its second week of debate on the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2008.  This legislation authorizes funding, policy changes, and other activities for our military for the coming fiscal next year.  While many important military and defense needs have been and will be discussed, the war in Iraq has become the main focus of debate.  As you well know, this war has been a very contentious issue in America over the past few years, and there are people on both sides of the issue who feel very strongly about our presence in Iraq.  This week we will be debating a number of amendments to this bill, including an amendment calling for more time to allow the troop our increase to assist in stabilizing the country, which I will support.  I am anticipating a very open and possibly heated debate on this issue, and I can assure you that I will be engaged in that debate. 
Throughout the upcoming debate, I will be maintaining a journal of floor activity on this bill to help keep Idahoans informed.  You will find this journal on my website by following this link:
Again, thank you for sharing your concerns.  As soon as the Senate comes to a resolution on this bill, I will send you a full summary of our actions.

The letter compelled me to respond back with my own feedback

Senator Craig,
Thank you for your correspondence regarding the National Defense Authorization Act for FY 2008. I would encourage you to support any measure that gets us out of Iraq as soon as possible, even if that requires setting a specific time line. I believe that our presence in Iraq is causing more harm than good, putting our troops and ultimately all of our citizens at greater risk. Our presence there is decreasing our standing and influence in the world and is feeding terrorists around the world. The resources that we are investing in Iraq could much more effectively be used to combat terrorism and provide security elsewhere. Iraq was a failed strategy going in, its been a failed strategy ever since, and I see no future path to success as long as we are present there. Thank you for your consideration.

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