I have not heard from Senator Hillary since 2002, when she sent a form letter back to me explaining her reasons for---illegally, remember---authorizing the Christian Fundamentalist and avid golfer George W. Bush to use force against the men, women, and children of Iraq. As one of her constituents back then (having apparently been temporarily insane when I voted for her instead of writing in a stinking pile of dogshit, for example), I had written to ask her to please not authorize the use of force.
So I checked out the issues page at her website just now. As of today "Iraq" does not rate as a main issue for Ms. Clinton on her website. Glad to know the likely Democratic frontrunner in the next presidential election is so in touch with the pulse of the nation and, indeed, the world. (Kind of reminds me of the Christian Fundamentalist and avid golfer George W. Bush, or his frat-boy colleague at Yale, John F. Kerry.)
However, from the issues page if you click on National Security and Foreign Policy, you can find, at the top right (today at least), a link to the text of the letter she sent out. Scan the letter quickly, and then read below my letter to Ms. Clinton. Feel free to use any part of the letter in your own correspondence with this deranged and sickeningly power-hungry individual who---I sincerely hope---will never win another election or play any further roles in the decision making processes of the United States. I also hope this is the last goddamn letter I have to send her requesting she not be such a deplorable human being.
The Hague, 30 November 2005
Dear Senator Clinton,
In your letter yesterday (11/29/2005) on Iraq policy, you wrote "I do not believe that we should allow this to be an open-ended commitment without limits or end. Nor do I believe that we can or should pull out of Iraq immediately."
Senator, I should not have to remind you that it does not matter what you believe. You work for the people of New York State, and the will of your constituents should be the only thing that drives your participation in the Senate.
As to the first part of this statement of your "beliefs", that the US occupation of Iraq could possibly be an "open-ended commitment without limits or end": this is entirely the fault of lawmakers, such as yourself, who voted---illegally---to authorize George W. Bush to use force against the men, women, and children of Iraq. I do not care about the reasons for your vote in 2002, which you go into great detail explaining---the so-called faulty intelligence regarding weapons of mass destruction, the apparent brutality of Saddam Hussein and so on. None of those reasons excuse the brutality of the United States, which, in launching this vicious pre-emptive war has followed in the undignified footsteps of the German invasion of Poland (1939) and the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor (1941). Your suppport of the Bush Administration's war-mongering stance did not reflect the will of your bosses (I refer now to voters in New York State and not corporate lobbyists and wealthy donors).
Regarding the second option in Iraq you brush away without any consideration ("Nor do I believe that we can or should pull out of Iraq immediately"): Senator, the US military must leave Iraq immediately, and take its prisons and torture centers with it. There are two reasons for this:
1). it is the right thing to do and
2). we say so, and you work for us.
In addition to removing our instruments of war and torture from Iraq as quickly as possible, the US should begin to make war reparations to compensate the Iraqi people for the damage we have caused to their environment, their precious archeological sites, their quality of life. This will be a massive payment, and I suggest that the money for this fundamentally moral undertaking be collected, first of all, by repealing the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and, secondly, out of the salaries of you and your colleagues in the US Congress. It has been cowardly and criminal what you have done, and you don't deserve a cent of the tax dollars of hard-working, misinformed Americans.
Concurrent with the immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq, the members of the former Iraqi regime we hold captive (including Saddam Hussein) should be turrned over to an impartial, international court not of our designation. The US is playing too many roles in this tragicomedy: aggressor, judge, jury, and executioner. This is inexcusable conduct and it is inexcusable for an elected representative of the people with any self respect to do anything but reject this scenario.
In your letter yesterday you wrote "there are no quick and easy solutions to the long and drawn out conflict this Administration triggered", a falsity on two counts. Firstly, it is you, Senator, and your colleagues in the Senate who gave the Bush Administration the "trigger" to pull in Iraq. Secondly, there is of course a quick and easy solution. Pursue an immediate end to the illegal and immoral occupation of Iraq. Close the torture centers. Recall the machines of war in forward positions and cease the production of new ones. Give the men and women who enlisted in the US military meaningful, fulfilling, and life-affirming work to do.
And please, unless you are able to adopt a platform of peace, justice, equality, and environmental sanity---and disregard the iniquitous demands of donors and lobbyists---spare me the displeasure and remove me from your mailing list. Without an ounce of contrition following egregious and despicable acts, which you enabled and have failed to properly address, you expect New Yorkers like me to stand with you.
Not a chance, Senator. How disingenuous of you to suggest you oppose a war of aggression you attribute to the Bush Administration alone. How many times did you vote to cut off the funding for this war? How much effort did you put into removing from office those Administration officials---Rumnsfeld, Cheney, Wolfowitz, and Bush himself---responsible for the deception in the US and violence in Iraq? What kind of work are you doing to inform American troops about your complicity in their plight as the hired guns of blood-thirsty, money-hungry chickenhawks in Washington, D.C.?
No more letters, Senator Clinton. No more letters, no more lies, no more blood of innocent people around the world on American hands. Every day, Senator, you have an opportunity to be a decent human being. When will you take it?