Dear MoveOn member,
Wow. All year President Bush has been moving America closer to war with Iran. But yesterday we learned stunning news: Iran shut down its nuclear weapons program in 2003—and President Bush has known for months.
But Bush is undeterred. This morning, he held a news conference where he actually tried to portray the news that Iran isn't building a bomb as yet another reason to confront Iran!  He also said he hadn't known about the new evidence—a fact contradicted by his own National Security Adviser.
It's Iraq all over again. Bush is willing to ignore intelligence and lie to move us towards another war.
We can't let him get away with it again. Will you write a letter to the editor of your local paper reminding folks that we've heard this story before, that Bush is misleading America on Iran just as he did on Iraq?
The letters-to-the-editor section is one of the most widely read parts of the newspaper—a flood of letters can influence politicians, reporters, and the public. There are a couple key points we have to highlight in this critical moment:
Bush has been actively misleading us on Iran. Bush said today that he "only learned of the new intelligence assessment last week."
But according to the Washington Post, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley "said Bush was first told in August or September about intelligence indicating Iran had halted its weapons program, but was advised it would take time to evaluate." Here's the Post:
President Bush got the world's attention this fall when he warned that a nuclear-armed Iran might lead to World War III. But his stark warning came at least a month or two after he had first been told about fresh indications that Iran had actually halted its nuclear weapons program.
Just like he did with Iraq, Bush is ignoring the intelligence and recklessly pushing towards war. We can't afford to let Bush and Cheney start another disastrous war.
Congress must act now and make it clear that President Bush has no authority to strike Iran.
The new National Intelligence Estimate shows that Iran is not the threat Bush says it is.
The public is very nervous about the prospect of another war, but the President's bully pulpit is powerful and he uses it to great effect. We need to raise our voices now. Please write a letter today!
Thanks for all you do,
–Ilyse, Tanya, Justin, Adam G., and the MoveOn.org Political Action Team
Tuesday, December 4th, 2007
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2. "A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy," Washington Post, December 4, 2007.
3. "Bush: US Must Remain Vigilant on Iran," Washington Post, December 4, 2007.
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6. "A Blow to Bush's Tehran Policy," Washington Post, December 4, 2007.
7. "U.S. Finds Iran Halted Its Nuclear Arms Effort in 2003," New York Times, December 3, 2007.
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so this is what I wrote to the SF Chronicle, The Sacramento Bee, and the NY Times (feel free to adapt to your own ends):
Subject: Stop the Bush/Cheney War Machine
Once again the nation is being pushed to the brink of another disastrous war meant only to bring those countries in the Middle East which refuse to let the United States dictate their policies closer to total occupation by US forces. Or is it that the Administration wishes to destabilize the region to the point that it sinks into a World War designed to convince Jesus to come back right now? You make the choice: either we are trying to gain access to still more war profits from the region, or we are intent on bringing about Armageddon so that we can stop worrying about the terribly annoying problems we are having on this Earth, get rid of all the non-fundamentalist Christians, and get our new planet already.
Honestly, I am not sure which policy is the closer to psychosis. Is it psychopathic to believe that the wealth of the world belongs to us and is worth another few hundred thousand brown-skinned lives to bring into our possession? Or is it simply unchecked religious fanaticism to believe that we ourselves can decide on the timing of events that, according to the scriptures the Administration professes to believe, no man knows, and it is folly to try to guess? Does it make a difference in the end? Bush and Company are suggesting that we throw away undoubtedly thousands of American lives--also overwhelmingly working-class, poor, and dark-skinned lives--and another countless thousands of Middle Eastern lives, whose numbers of dead we cannot even be sure of from our last misbegotten adventure, and whose lives we seem to regard as less worthy than our own even to keep in mind as we take their countries, their land, their infrastructure, and everything else that goes to make a stable life in a country that is not, in any way, a threat to the United States.
Typically, Bush has known that Iran had no nuclear program for months, and yet has been egging the American public into believing that we are under the threat of yet more phantom "mushroom clouds"; now that his lies have been uncovered, he has decided that the fact that Iran does not have any nuclear weapons is yet another reason to drop our own bombs on them. What sort of insanity is this? Who can diagnose the fundamental disorder of the leadership of this country?
I'd like to know, but not half as much as I would simply like not to undertake another war for no reason. The Democrats in Congress need to grow yet another spine, since they keep misplacing their old ones, to tell the Bush Administration that it has no authority to send troops to Iran, and to call the White House on its senseless, impetuous desire for total war in the Middle East. We have been down this road before, and the majority of the citizens of the United States regret that we ever were so eager to kill that we ignored the facts that were staring us in the face. Why would we want to make the exact same mistakes in Iran, further bankrupting the US both ethically and financially, especially when our own schools, our own neighborhoods, our own less wealthy populations increasingly go without in order to finance the one war we already cannot afford?
Whatever the underlying pathology, we have the cure in our hands: don't let the Bush Administration twist the facts to bully us into war. Together, we have more power than do the few men in the White House. Let us waste no time in informing them whom they serve.
Dr. Erik M. Schneider