"The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) thought you would be interested in this important message from Representative John Murtha.
Dear [Indigo Red],
America wants and deserves real answers on Iraq: What is the clear definition of success? Is there a plan? How much longer and how many more lives? In short, what is the end game?
Because we in Congress are charged with overseeing the safety of our sons and daughters when the president sends them into battle, it is our responsibility, our obligation to speak out for them. This obligation has not been met. That's why I am speaking out now.
I offered a concrete plan to get our troops out of harm's way, where they have become the target. I don't expect every member of Congress to agree with my specific proposal in this debate - but I do expect them to take part in that debate, not to squash it.
I am asking you to join me in demanding a real discussion of the war in Iraq from the U.S. House of Representatives.
For too long Congress has counted itself out of any real debate on Iraq policy. We didn't talk about troop levels, even after the White House fired General Shinseki because he complained the levels were too low. One problem we encountered was the lack of proper training for our troops; service members were placed to guard the prisons but weren't trained; consequently we had Abu Ghraib, and no action from Congress. And if you look at the casualties, they have doubled since then. It's time to change our course - we can't just sit back any longer.
I've taken a lot of trips to Iraq. When I came back from my last one, I had become convinced we were making no progress at all. This can't be Republican and Democrat. It can't be recrimination one way or the other. We have to work this thing out, and we can't let a real solution get caught in the crossfire of an understandably heated political fight.
It's time for a serious conversation, not more rhetoric.
The past few weeks have had a lot of firsts for me. I have never sought out the spotlight, or even taken the lead in a House floor debate the way I did a few weeks ago. And I've never signed an email like this before. But I see the beginning of a debate that is long overdue, and we can't afford to let it get overtaken by talking points or the news cycle.
I'm offering this petition, which will be delivered to Speaker of the House in order to keep our Congress focused where it should have been all along. I hope you'll sign if you agree.
Pennsylvania's 12th District"
The good Congressman hasn't been listening. Success is when there is a stable, self-supporting government in Iraq. That government will be chosen in the elections of December 2005. The Iraqi military will be ready to take command of the field sometime in the next 1 - 1 1/2 years with minimal support from the US.
The number of lives lost or broken is totally at the discretion of the bad guys. If they stop shooting and bombing then we have nothing to shoot at and defend from. Congreesman, talk to your buds in the insurgency an Al-Qaida and get them to stop the hostilities.
The end game (it's not a game, Congressman) has been spelled out many times. Now listen up - when Iraq can stand on her own, the US will stand down. That's not a hard concept, Congressman.
The life of Indigo Red is full of adventure. Tune in next time for the Further Adventures of Indigo Red.