Thursday, July 19, 2007


An open letter to Senator George Voinovich, of Ohio, highlightling the gravity our troops face in Iraq and what he MUST do to help end it.


Thursday, July 19, 2007

The Honorable George Voinovich
United States Senate
524 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510-3503
Phone: 202-224-3353
Fax: 202-228-1382

Dear Senator Voinovich:

ABC News recently ran a four-minute video clip entitled, Exclusive Look at Soldiers on the Front Line, illuminating the enormity and misery in Iraq. Here is what one soldier, Specialist Michael Vassell, had to say:

"I challenge anybody in Congress to do my rotation... Because we have people up there in Congress with the brain of a two-year-old who don't know what they're doing...I challenge the president to ride along with me for 15 months."

This rare, candid, and somber video confirms, in lurid and stark details, of the daily horrors and despair that U.S. soldiers and Iraqis face together, while President Bush prosecutes his ceaseless 'War on Terror" in Iraq.

The casualties in this video include, six U.S. soldiers burned to death in an up-ended Humvee from an IED, an old woman's wits; whose tears and shrieks of terror echo eerily in your mind long after the video stops, and finally a taxi cab driver erroneously shot to death by over-vigilant, weary and nervous American troops – from an extended 15-month tour – who was circling a neighborhood looking for an address to pick up a customer.

Senator, your recent vote on the Levin-Reed Amendment perpetuates this endless cycle of dread and death, senselessness and insanity - by failure to enact the will of 70 percent of Americans and end Bush's misbegotten exploit in the Iraq.

Please, watch the video (link provided below) and stop supporting President Bush's failed foreign policy and start truly supporting the troops – by bringing them home – and help sustain the resolve of the American public, which you were elected to serve and represent, by ending this ruinous and unjustified war now.

-Frank J. Ranelli

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