via NYTimes, 1/30/07, Opinion: Ways to End the Nightmare in Iraq (7 Letters):
To the Editor:
President Bush says that if I don't like his escalation plan, I am responsible for coming up with an alternative. He also claims that I didn't vote for failure. He is correct. I voted for getting out of Iraq now.
I did not vote for failure. I have been stuck with it by President Bush, who started the war under false pretenses, who lied about its progress for three years, who kept on an incompetent defense secretary, whose idea of diplomacy with Iran is public intimidation, and whose plan for Iraq continues to be "stay the course."
Given all of this, I am supposed to trust his judgment.
I believe that the "way forward" lies directly through the president. He and his administration said the November vote will not stop them. It is time for the Senate to stop quibbling about a nonbinding resolution. Congress needs to take forceful action against the president, or there will be no progress in Iraq.
David P. Bloomfield
Santa Fe, N.M., Jan. 26, 2007