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Hopes senators to censure Bush

I am concerned about the enormous price military families are paying for the war in Iraq. So far, more than 500 American service people have lost their lives and more than 3,000 have been wounded. The war has cost U.S. taxpayers more than $150 billion.

President Bush was not honest with our country about why he felt that it was urgent to launch a pre-emptive war in Iraq last March. The clear implication of all the statements made by President Bush and his administration before the war was that Iraq was an imminent danger to the U.S. and that we had to act, alone if necessary, to defend ourselves.

CIA Director George Tenet told us that the intelligence analysts “never said that there was an ‘imminent’ threat,” and that there was disagreement over the status of Iraq’s WMD programs. Now we know that Iraq did not have any weapons of mass destruction.

Our president has an obligation to use war as a last resort and to be honest with Americans about the real reasons for going to war. President Bush must be held accountable for his actions. I hope our senators, Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer, will censure him for misleading us.

Ella O’Bryan

Grass Valley

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