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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
MARCH 11, 2003
3:54 PM
CONTACT:  Veterans for Common Sense (VCS)
Tel.: 202.543.6176
Fax: 202.543.0725
In Letter to Bush, War Veterans "Strongly Question" Iraq Invasion, and Seek a Meeting
 
WASHINGTON - March 11 - In a letter delivered yesterday to President Bush, U.S. war veterans questioned the wisdom of invading Iraq now and sought a meeting with the White House to discuss their concerns. Initiated by the Washington-based veterans' group Veterans for Common Sense, the letter was e-mailed to veterans this weekend and quickly gathered nearly 1,000 signatories, including high-ranking officers and Kris Kristofferson.

The letter (see below) "strongly question[s] the need for war at this time," noting signatories are "not convinced that coercive containment has failed, or that war has become necessary." It argues that unlike 1991's desert campaign to liberate Kuwait, invading Iraq now would likely entail "protracted siege warfare, chaotic street-to-street fighting in Baghdad, and Iraqi civil conflict," raising fears of "casualties not witnessed since Vietnam."

Citing UN predictions of massive Iraqi casualties, including 1.26 million children under age five at particular risk, it states "excessive civilian casualties like those predicted by the UN pose a grave risk to our national security, making the U.S. more of a target of retaliatory attacks by terrorists." Its signatories describe themselves as "patriotic citizens and veterans who respect the office of the President," requesting a meeting at his "earliest possible convenience."

The following signatories are available now for media interviews:

* Specialist ERIK K. GUSTAFSON, Gulf War Army veteran, co-founder, Veterans for Common Sense, an organization started by Gulf War veterans questioning the wisdom of invading Iraq. * Captain KRIS KRISTOFFERSON, former 82 Airborne helicopter pilot, celebrated actor, Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter. * Colonel DAVID H. HACKWORTH, Army veteran of 30 years, and a veteran war correspondent who covered the Gulf War. * Vice Admiral JACK SHANAHAN, former commander of the U.S. Second Fleet, former director, Center for Defense Information. * Specialist CHARLES SHEEHAN-MILES, Gulf War Army veteran and co-founder, Veterans for Common Sense * Lt. Colonel GRETCHEN VANEK, a veteran of the Vietnam and Gulf Wars. * Colonel LARRY WILLIAMS, served 27 years in Marine Corps including in Vietnam and Beirut. * Vice Admiral RALPH WEYMOUTH, Veteran of WWII, Korea and Vietnam.

These and other veteran signatories are available for interviews starting March 11. They are based in major cities, including Washington DC. All interview requests are being handled by electronic mail. If you are press, contact egustafson@igc.org and include "PRESS REQUEST" in the subject heading.

LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT

Dear Mr. President:

We, the undersigned veterans who have served our country in World War II, Korea, Vietnam, the 1991 Gulf War and other military conflicts, respectfully request an opportunity to meet with you about the threat of war between the United States and Iraq.

Mr. President, we are patriotic citizens and veterans who respect the office of the President and the ethics and values binding us together as Americans.

As such, we feel duty-bound to share with you our serious concerns regarding issues of national security, the appropriate use of our military strength, and the health and welfare of our active duty soldiers, sailors, airmen and marines. Those of us who are veterans of the 1991 Gulf War can offer particular insight into the ongoing troubles in the Middle East, and the likely consequences of another war in that volatile region.

A dozen years ago, we helped liberate Kuwait from Iraqi occupation, and in the course of combat operations came face to face with brutality and the consequences of modern warfare. We learned how unpredictable the nature of war can be. And we learned that war-related losses are not simply experienced on the battlefield.

Following the 1991 Gulf War, we collectively failed to prevent Saddam Hussein's violent repression of a popular uprising and the unprecedented refugee flight that ensued. As a result, tens of thousands of innocent civilians died. In addition to those deaths, the war and immediate post-war conditions resulted in the excess deaths of 46,900 children under the age of five, according to the New England Journal of Medicine (September 24, 1992).

Over the long term, the 1991 Gulf War has had a lasting, detrimental impact on the health of countless people in the region, and on the health of American men and women who served there. Twelve years after the conflict, over 164,000 American Gulf War veterans are now considered disabled by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. That number increases daily.

The possibility of large-scale war between the U.S. and Iraq looms before us once again. For this urgent reason we would like to meet with you to discuss steps the United States and its allies can take to protect U.S. soldiers, allied forces, and Iraqi civilians from known and suspected hazards that would result from military operations.

We understand the risks that come with war and that there are times when such risks are necessary. However, we strongly question the need for a war at this time. Despite Secretary of State Colin Powell's report to the Security Council and the testimony of others in the administration, we are not convinced that coercive containment has failed, or that war has become necessary.

Our own intelligence agencies have consistently noted both the absence of an imminent threat from Iraq and reliable evidence of cooperation between Iraq and Al Qaeda. Again, we question whether this is the right time and the right war.

Further, we believe the risks involved in going to war, under the unclear and shifting circumstances that confront us today, are far greater than those faced in 1991. Instead of a desert war to liberate Kuwait, combat would likely involve protracted siege warfare, chaotic street-to-street fighting in Baghdad, and Iraqi civil conflict. If that occurs, we fear our own nation and Iraq would both suffer casualties not witnessed since Vietnam. We fear the resulting carnage and humanitarian consequences would further devastate Iraqi society and inflame an already volatile Middle East, and increase terrorism against U.S. citizens.

Our concerns about the potential human and material costs of a military conflict in Iraq are well substantiated. In the event of a war, the UN warns that 1.26 million children under the age of 5 in Iraq will be at risk of death. Within the initial weeks of conflict, the World Health Organization estimates 500,000 Iraqis would need immediate medical attention. Ten million Iraqis would need immediate humanitarian assistance and over 2 million Iraqis would be made homeless.

The scale of the crisis would be so large that the international community would be unable to prevent widespread suffering. For these reasons and more, it remains in our nation's best interest to avoid another war. The risk of excessive civilian casualties like those predicted by the UN pose a grave risk to our national security, making the U.S. more of a target of retaliatory attacks by terrorists.

Mr. President, as our Commander-in-Chief, we recognize the immense responsibility you have to protect our homeland and keep our nation secure. As veterans who honorably served our nation in its wars, we believe that our perspectives, knowledge and expertise can aid you at this crucial time, as you continue to deliberate on whether or not to commit our nation to war.

We therefore request a meeting at your earliest possible convenience. We look forward to any opportunity to come together with you to discuss the matters we have raised.

Sincerely, Vice Admiral Ralph Weymouth, USN, Retired Vice Admiral Jack Shanahan, USN, Retired Brigadier General Evelyn P. Foote, USA, Retired

Colonel David H. Hackworth, USA, Retired Colonel Larry Williams, USMC, Retired Colonel James E Unterseher, USA, Retired Colonel James B. Burkholder, USA, Retired Colonel Roger F. Strand, USAF, Retired Colonel Virginia A. Metcalf, USA, Retired Colonel Mary H. Yeakel, USA, Retired Colonel Henrik O. Lunde, USA, Retired Colonel Bruce S. Jarstfer, USA, Retired Colonel Thomas Patrick Chisholm, USA, Retired Colonel James Steven Chandler, USA Colonel James J. Kent, USA, Retired Colonel Grace E. Squires, USA, Retired Colonel Carol Anne O'Donnell, USA, Retired

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