NCC letter to Bush criticizes Iraq policy

President should consider moderate religious perspectives
The National Council of Churches sent a Fourth of July declaration to President Bush to voice grievances over what the organization calls a failed policy in Iraq and a “dishonorable” war.

The letter lists a series of objections, including the escalating price of the war as well as the nondisclosure of Iraqi casualties. The letter asks for a definitive plan for U.S. troop withdrawal.

Bush “hasn’t made it clear what he intends to accomplish in Iraq,” said Larry Pickens, general secretary of the United Methodist General Commission on Christian Unity and Interreligious Concerns. “I don’t get that there is a great deal of vision.”

The statement from the NCC governing board termed “the rationale for invasion . . . at best a tragic mistake, at worst a clever deception.”


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