Amalthea (amaltheae) wrote,
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I participated in a MoveOn.Org attempt to get congress to require any sort of accountability for how Bush got to use the $87 billion dollars he requested, rather than making it a big blank pay-your-buddies check. In so doing, I emailed Wayne Allard, one of Colorado's senators. He, or rather, probably some flunky in his employ, responded with a really impressive complete dodge. I tried to respond and his email bounced. Convenient that. So I tracked down his web form again and sent it that way, but now, in all it's glory, I bring you his letter, and my response including his failure to even edit the line breaks on the cut and paste job canned response:

November 6, 2003




Mrs. Amy Millard
[Editor's note: home address deleted]




Dear Mrs. Millard:

Thank you for contacting me regarding S. 1689, the President's $87 billion
funding request for military operations and reconstruction in Iraq and
Afghanistan. The Congress finalized and approved this request on
November 3, 2003.

The United States has deployed over 120,000 troops to Iraq and
Afghanistan, including nearly 10,000 from Fort Carson, Colorado.
President Bush ordered U.S. troops to these countries in order to remove
the terror regimes that were in power and to protect the people of these
countries until a new government could be established. I supported the
President's decision and strongly believe the people of both countries are
better off as a result.

With our victories, however, came an obligation to help the people of Iraq
and Afghanistan recover from the decades of abuse and brutality. The
President recognized this obligation and has ordered U.S. troops to
provide security and requested funding for reconstruction projects.
Again, I supported these decisions and believe that our investment in
these countries today will have a positive impact on the future stability
in the region tomorrow.

I remain grateful for the brave and courageous service our men and women
of the U.S. armed forces have provided our country. Their commitment and
dedication to our country's security has
never been more evident. The Senate's approval of the
President's request is the least the Senate could do to express for their
efforts in the fight against terror and to get them all home as quickly as
possible.

Again, I thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Your views are
important to me. Please keep in touch.


Sincerely,



Wayne Allard
United States Senator


WA:jw



My response he appeared to be trying very hard not to see.



Nice that you reply from address bounces. Really great way to convince me of the keep in touch thing and you care about my opinion thing. Here is the message I tried to send back.

> The United States has deployed over 120,000 troops to Iraq and
> Afghanistan, including nearly 10,000 from Fort Carson, Colorado.
> President Bush ordered U.S. troops to these countries in order to remove
> the terror regimes that were in power and to protect the people of these
> countries until a new government could be established. I supported the
> President's decision and strongly believe the people of both countries are
> better off as a result.


The first reason I will not be voting for you again and sincerely hope others follow suit.

> With our victories, however, came an obligation to help the people of Iraq
> and Afghanistan recover from the decades of abuse and brutality. The
> President recognized this obligation and has ordered U.S. troops to
> provide security and requested funding for reconstruction projects.
> Again, I supported these decisions and believe that our investment in
> these countries today will have a positive impact on the future stability
> in the region tomorrow.


This was a beautiful way of completely failing to address my concern while pretending a reply. I don't think there are really many of us who believe at this point that we could just pull out and ignore the disaster we have created of the middle east. The point was that the executive branch of our government is vastly out of control and needs accountability to the people for the dollars they are spending among other things. Among the many places that is needed is in terms of the funding Bush is requesting for the reconstruction of Iraq. Were I even remotely capable of believing he could spend it wisely, that would be one thing, but he has proven time and again that he cares not one bit for how much of our money he throws at his buddies and their contracting contacts and has proven over and over again that this is all about making money for his friends and not about helping Iraqies. If it were, they would be hiring Iraquies to do the majority of the reconstruction not every contributor to Bush's campaign. The American people are not as blind as you hope that we are.

> I remain grateful for the brave and courageous service our men and women
> of the U.S. armed forces have provided our country. Their commitment and
> dedication to our country's security has never been more evident.


On this I agree with you. The quagmire is in no way their fault, and they have done more than was fair to ask of them, especially considering the threat of being fired for speaking out about their conditions, frustrations and lack of faith in our administration.

> The Senate's approval of the
> President's request is the least the Senate could do to express for their
> efforts in the fight against terror and to get them all home as quickly as
> possible.


Yes. precisely. The very least you could do.

> Again, I thank you for sharing your thoughts with me. Your views are
> important to me. Please keep in touch.


I doubt it considering your reply that wasn't a reply, and your reply to address doesn't work. But hey, whatever.
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