Open Letter to the U.S. House of Representatives
From Marine Corporal Cloy Thomas Richards, March 22, 2007,
For Marine Corps riflemen, the best
shooters in the world, the technique we use for proper engagement of
targets is to make drastic adjustments if you are missing you mark.
Whether it's because of windage or elevation, you cannot keep firing
off-target making small adjustments and hope to hit your target. The
legislative and executive branches have continually missed the target
Our troops have done a superb job, despite Congress's bickering,
ineptitude, and inability to work together, to ensure their best
possible efforts to end the Iraq problem. But our president has
offered a petty 21,500 troop escalation, which is equivalent to
pouring a thimbleful of water on a forest fire. The supplemental is
yet another small adjustment to the "misfiring" the Bush
Administration and Congress have made in regards to our policy in
Iraq. It is unconscionable that this bill has any pork attached to it.
This bill is supposed to determine the safety of our troops, but you
dare to disgrace them by hanging their lives in the balance with
I stay in contact with many of the active duty marines from my old
unit, and the resounding consensus is that we won the war in 2003, but
Capitol Hill and the Bush Administration have lost the occupation. How
dare you take our victory from us!
I am telling you this because I am a mouthpiece for hundreds of active
duty troops who cannot say this publicly for fear of retribution. Do
right by them. Do not continue funding this war. Work together to come
up with a bill that honors the sacrifices that our troops have made.
Either declare our victory that we have already earned or commit to
the Iraq occupation fully. If only one percent of our country is
fighting the war on terror, then reinstate the draft, stop giving tax
breaks to the rich, and let's win this occupation.
Either way the ball is in your court. Will you make the bold
adjustment necessary by voting no against the supplemental, or will
you support this bill simply voting along party lines and exposing
your true cowardice? Make the right choice and vote your conscience --
thousands of lives depend on it.
Corporal Cloy Thomas Richards,
USMC has served two tours of duty in Iraq.